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verb sound pronunciation in British English /saʊnd/
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present tense
present participlesounding
past tensesounded
past participlesounded
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  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: Malta sounds like a great place for a relaxing holiday.
    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.
    1. a.
      [transitive] to make something produce a sound
      Trains are required to sound their whistles as they approach a crossing.
  4. 4
    [transitive] to pronounce a particular letter in a word
    He has trouble sounding the letter ‘r’.
  5. 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 scheme hopes to sound an early warning to teenagers about the dangers of smoking.


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