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canvass, examine, probe, pump, put out feelers to, question, see how the land lies, test the water  
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[1]     ( sounds    plural & 3rd person present)   ( sounding    present participle)   ( sounded    past tense & past participle  )   (NOUN AND VERB USES)  
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1       n-count   A sound is something that you hear.  
Peter heard the sound of gunfire..., Liza was so frightened she couldn't make a sound..., There was a splintering sound as the railing gave way., ...the sounds of children playing.     
2       n-uncount   Sound is energy that travels in waves through air, water, or other substances, and can be heard.  
The aeroplane will travel at twice the speed of sound.     
3       n-sing   Thesound on a television, radio, or CD player is what you hear coming from the machine. Its loudness can be controlled.  
the N  
She went and turned the sound down..., Compact discs have brought about a vast improvement in recorded sound quality.     
4       n-count   A singer's or band's sound is the distinctive quality of their music.  
with supp  
He's got a unique sound and a unique style.     
5       verb   If something such as a horn or a bell sounds or if you sound it, it makes a noise.  
The buzzer sounded in Daniel's office...      V  
A young man sounds the bell to start the Sunday service.      V n  
6       verb   If you sound a warning, you publicly give it. If you sound a note of caution or optimism, you say publicly that you are cautious or optimistic.  
The Archbishop of Canterbury has sounded a warning to Europe's leaders on third world debt...      V n  
7       v-link   When you are describing a noise, you can talk about the way it sounds.  
They heard what sounded like a huge explosion...      V like n  
The creaking of the hinges sounded very loud in that silence...      V adj  
It sounded as if he were trying to say something.      V as if  
8       v-link   When you talk about the way someone sounds, you are describing the impression you have of them when they speak.  
She sounded a bit worried...      V adj  
Murphy sounds like a child...      V like n  
She sounded as if she really cared...      V as if  
I thought she sounded a genuinely caring and helpful person.      V n  
9       v-link   When you are describing your impression or opinion of something you have heard about or read about, you can talk about the way it sounds.  
It sounds like a wonderful idea to me, does it really work?...      V like n  
It sounds as if they might have made a dreadful mistake...      V as if  
She decided that her doctor's advice sounded pretty good...      V adj  
The book is not as morbid as it sounds...      V adj  
I know this sounds a crazy thing for me to ask you.      V n  
10       n-sing   You can describe your impression of something you have heard about or read about by talking about the sound of it.  
the N of n  
Here's a new idea we liked the sound of..., From the sound of things, he might well be the same man...     
    to sound the alarm  
    to sound the death knell  
    death knell  
    safe and sound  
    safe   sound off      phrasal verb   If someone sounds off, they express their opinions strongly and rather rudely without being asked.  
INFORMAL, disapproval   It is surprising how many people start sounding off about something without really deciding what they think about it.      V P about/on n, Also V P   sound out             phrasal verb   If you sound someone out, you question them in order to find out what their opinion is about something.  
He is sounding out Middle Eastern governments on ways to resolve the conflict...      V P n (not pron)  
Sound him out gradually. Make sure it is what he really wants.      V n P  

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sound, sound, sound, sound

sound out (a word) v.
to say, pronounce, speak
ex.: The child sounded out each word out loud as she read her book.

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(of sound) hollow and deep-sounding
A specific technical worksheet tool with performer's requirements. Excellent start of negotiations between performers, managers and contractors. (These requirements might include sound and light conditions for the show, food lodging and transportation of artistic talents)
Bookish knowledge; knowledge obtained through hearsay, has no sound basis
a sound (usually a song, jingle) that one hears mentally for a certain period of time
the act of pushing one's face in between two ample breasts, and rocking one's head side to side very rapidly while making a vigorous, lip-vibrating "brrr" sound
word used to describe the sound made by the wheels of a train
by extension, it can be applied to other rhythmic similar sounds (for example, the sound of a clock or of a typing machine)
it sounds interesting or attractive
(lit., about sounds) disharmonious, dissonant; (fig.) out of order; dysfunctional
when sth sounds too good to be true and not as good as it seems to be and you suspect that there is a hidden problem
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