sound out

Primary Meanings of sound out

1.
v
speak, pronounce, or utter in a certain way
2.
v
try to learn someone's opinions and intentions
Full Definitions of sound out
1

v speak, pronounce, or utter in a certain way

“Can the child sound out this complicated word?”
Synonyms:
articulate, enounce, enunciate, pronounce, say
Types:
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twang
pronounce with a nasal twang
devoice
utter with tense vocal chords
raise
pronounce (vowels) by bringing the tongue closer to the roof of the mouth
lilt
articulate in a very careful and rhythmic way
palatalise, palatalize
pronounce a consonant with the tongue against the palate
nasalise, nasalize
pronounce with a lowered velum
nasalise, nasalize
speak nasally or through the nose
mispronounce, misspeak
pronounce a word incorrectly
aspirate
pronounce with aspiration; of stop sounds
sound, vocalise, vocalize, voice
utter with vibrating vocal chords
retroflex
articulate (a consonant) with the tongue curled back against the palate
subvocalise, subvocalize
articulate without making audible sounds
syllabise, syllabize
utter with distinct articulation of each syllable
drawl
lengthen and slow down or draw out
labialise, labialize, round
pronounce with rounded lips
lisp
speak with a lisp
accent, accentuate, stress
put stress on; utter with an accent
vocalise, vocalize, vowelise, vowelize
pronounce as a vowel
click
produce a click
trill
pronounce with a trill, of the phoneme `r'
sibilate
pronounce with an initial sibilant
flap
pronounce with a flap, of alveolar sounds
explode
cause to burst as a result of air pressure; of stop consonants like /p/, /t/, and /k/
roll
pronounce with a roll, of the phoneme /r/
chirk
make a shrill creaking, squeaking, or noise, as of a door, mouse, or bird
quaver, waver
give off unsteady sounds, alternating in amplitude or frequency
2

v try to learn someone's opinions and intentions

“I have to sound out the new professor”
Synonyms:
check out, feel out
Type of:
query, question
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