sound out

Definitions of sound out
  1. verb
    speak, pronounce, or utter in a certain way
    “Can the child sound out this complicated word?”
    synonyms: articulate, enounce, enunciate, pronounce, say
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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. verb
    try to learn someone's opinions and intentions
    “I have to sound out the new professor”
    synonyms: check out, feel out
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    type of:
    query, question
    pose a question
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