Definition of Sound out

1. Verb. Speak, pronounce, or utter in a certain way. "Can the child sound out this complicated word?"

2. Verb. Try to learn someone's opinions and intentions. "I have to sound out the new professor"
Exact synonyms: Check Out, Feel Out
Generic synonyms: Query, Question

Definition of Sound out

1. Verb. (transitive) To question and listen attentively in order to discover a person's opinion, intent, or preference, especially by using indirect conversational remarks. ¹

2. Verb. (transitive) To pronounce a word or phrase by articulating each of its letters or syllables slowly in sequence. ¹

3. Verb. (intransitive) To speak or sing loudly, to call out. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Sound Out

sound change
sound changes
sound effect
sound effects
sound energy
sound engineer
sound engineering
sound film
sound hole
sound holes
sound judgement
sound judgment
sound law
sound localization
sound off
sound out (current term)
sound perception
sound pollution
sound pressure
sound pressure level
sound projection
sound property
sound ranging
sound recording
sound reflection
sound reproduction
sound spectrograph
sound spectrography
sound spectrum
sound stage

Literary usage of Sound out

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Works of William Shakespeare: The Plays Ed. from the Folio of MDCXXIII by William Shakespeare (1862)
"These drums ! —- these trumpets, flutes ! what ! — Let Neptune hear, we bid a loud farewell To these great fellows : sound, and be hang'd ! sound out ! ..."

2. Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of English Usage by Inc. Merriam-Webster (1994)
"... SORT OF A. so that See so, conjunction. sound out This phrasal verb is commonly used to mean “to seek the views or intentions of”: When they sounded out ..."

3. Sound Systems: Explicit, Systematic Phonics in Early Literacy Contexts by Anna Lyon, Paula Moore (2002)
"Tunmer and Nesdale (1985) found that instruction in letter-phoneme correspondences made very little difference in how well children could sound out letter ..."

4. Expository sermons on the New Testament by William Alexander (1885)
"Refreshed and strengthened for their night-watch, they sound out the responsive music, " The Lord that made heaven and earth bless thee out of Zion. ..."

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