sound out - definition and synonyms

phrasal verb [transitive]
present tense
I/you/we/theysound out
he/she/itsounds out
present participlesounding out
past tensesounded out
past participlesounded out
  1. to try to find out someone’s opinions, ideas, feelings etc by talking to them

    Candidates will be sounding out voters during the months before the election.

See also main entry: sound