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1 sound /ˈsaʊnd/ noun
plural sounds
1 sound
/ˈsaʊnd/
noun
plural sounds
Learner's definition of SOUND
: something that is heard
[count]
[noncount]
[noncount] : the speech, music, etc., that is heard as part of a broadcast, film, or recording
[count] : the particular musical style of an individual, a group, or an area usually singular
[noncount] : the idea that is suggested when something is said or described

sound and fury

: loud and angry words that attract a lot of attention but do nothing useful
compare 5sound
2 sound /ˈsaʊnd/ verb
sounds; sounded; sounding
2 sound
/ˈsaʊnd/
verb
sounds; sounded; sounding
Learner's definition of SOUND
[+ object] : to cause (something) to make a sound or be heard sometimes used figuratively
[+ object] : to make (something) known by making a sound
[no object] : to make a sound
[linking verb] : to seem to be something when heard : to seem to be something when heard about
often used in the phrases sound as if, sound as though, and sound like
see also sound like (below)
[+ object] : to make the sound of (a word or letter) with your voice : pronounce

sound like

: to have a voice that is like the voice of (someone else)
: to say something that is like what is commonly said by (someone else)

sound off

[phrasal verb]
: to say your opinions in a very direct and often angry way
US : to count out loud the steps you take while marching
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3 sound /ˈsaʊnd/ adjective
sounder; soundest
3 sound
/ˈsaʊnd/
adjective
sounder; soundest
Learner's definition of SOUND
[also more sound; most sound]
: in good condition : solid and strong
: in good health : healthy
: free from mistakes : showing good judgment
always used before a noun : complete or thorough
of sleep : deep and restful

(as) sound as a bell

informal
: in excellent condition

— soundly

/ˈsaʊndli/ adverb

— soundness

/ˈsaʊndnəs/ noun [noncount]
4 sound /ˈsaʊnd/ adverb
4 sound
/ˈsaʊnd/
adverb
Learner's definition of SOUND
of sleep
: deeply and completely
5 sound /ˈsaʊnd/ noun
plural sounds
5 sound
/ˈsaʊnd/
noun
plural sounds
Learner's definition of SOUND
[count]
: a long and narrow area of water that connects two larger areas often used in names
compare 1sound
6 sound /ˈsaʊnd/ verb
sounds; sounded; sounding
6 sound
/ˈsaʊnd/
verb
sounds; sounded; sounding
Learner's definition of SOUND
[+ object] technical
: to measure the depth of the water in a lake, ocean, etc.

sound out

[phrasal verb]
sound (someone or something) out or sound out (someone or something)
: to try to find out the opinions of someone by asking questions
compare 2sound
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