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verb sound pronunciation in American English /saʊnd/
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present participlesounding
past tensesounded
past participlesounded
  1. 1
    [linking verb] to seem good, bad, interesting, exciting, etc. according to what you have heard, read, or know

    A cup of tea sounds perfect.

    sound like:

    Costa Rica sounds like a great place for a relaxing vacation.

    it sounds as if/as though:

    It sounds as if he’s never home.

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  2. 2
    to show a particular emotion or quality in your voice

    He always sounds too busy to talk.

    sound like:

    I don’t want to sound like I’m complaining, but this plan is unfair.

    sound as if/as though:

    It sounds as if you’re getting a cold.

  3. 3
    [intransitive] to produce a sound

    The sirens sounded, warning of a tornado.

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    1. a.
      [transitive] to make something produce a sound

      Trains are required to sound their whistles as they approach a crossing.

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  4. 5
    to express a particular reaction to a situation, idea, or event
    sound a positive/hopeful/confident note:

    Officials sounded a hopeful note about finding the funding for the new school.

    sound a note of caution/warning:

    A recovery in sales has been reported but most retailers have sounded a note of caution.

    sound a warning/alarm (=inform people of a danger):

    The program hopes to sound an early warning to teenagers about the dangers of smoking.


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