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sound

noun uk   /saʊnd/ us  

sound noun (NOISE)

A2 [C or U] something that you can hear or that can be heard: They could hear the sound of a bell tolling in the distance. She stood completely still, not making a sound. Suddenly we heard a loud knocking sound from the engine. Sound can travel over very large distances in water.Sound and its properties [U] the activity of recording and broadcasting sound such as from a performance of music or for a film: a sound engineer/recordingRecording sounds and images [U] the volume or quality of the sound of a television or film: Could you turn the sound down/up on the TV?Recording sounds and images [C] the particular quality of the music that a musician or a group of musicians produce: The band's sound is a distinctive mixture of funk and rap.Playing musicSinging in general

sound noun (SEEM)

the sound of sth C2 [S] how something seems to be, from what is said or written: I like the sound of the beef in red wine sauce. By/From the sound of it I don't think it was her fault. So I'm going to be talking to over 90 people, am I? I don't like the sound of that!Defining and explaining

sound noun (WATER PASSAGE)

[C] a passage of sea connecting two larger areas of sea, or an area of sea mostly surrounded by land: the Kalmar SoundBays and gulfsCoasts and beaches

sound

verb uk   /saʊnd/ us  

sound verb (SEEM)

sound good, interesting, strange, etc. A2 to seem good, interesting, strange, etc. from what is said or written: Your job sounds really interesting. I know it sounds silly, but I'll miss him when he's gone.Seeming and purporting to beFaking and pretending sound like/as if/as though B1 to seem like something, from what is said or written: That sounds like a good idea. It sounds like you've got a sore throat. It sounds as if they had a good holiday. You're going skiing with three friends? That sounds like fun.Seeming and purporting to beFaking and pretending sound angry, happy, rude, etc. B2 to seem angry, happy, rude, etc. when you speak: He sounded very depressed when we spoke on the phone yesterday. At the press conference, he sounded at his most relaxed.Seeming and purporting to beFaking and pretending

sound verb (NOISE)

[I or T] to make a noise: If the alarm sounds, leave the building immediately. It sounds like a bird. He sounds (= speaks) just like someone I used to work with. Sounding the car's horn, she drove at high speed through the crowded streets.Sounds made by objects, movement or impactSounds made by humans with their mouths sound the alarm to cause a noise to be made or say or shout a message to warn people about something: Quick, sound the alarm - there's a fire in the machine room!Threats and warnings

sound verb (WATER DEPTH)

[T] to measure the depth of a mass of water, such as the sea, usually by sonar
See also
Navigation and shipwrecksWeighing and measuring
Phrasal verbs

sound

adjective uk   /saʊnd/ us  

sound adjective (GOOD CONDITION)

not broken or damaged; healthy; in good condition: It's an old building but it's still structurally sound. Considering his age, his body is quite sound. Was she of sound mind (= not mentally ill) at the time of the incident?Undamaged, unbroken or in good conditionFit and healthy

sound adjective (GOOD JUDGMENT)

showing good judgment; able to be trusted: She gave me some very sound advice. Are these pesticides environmentally sound (= will they not damage the environment)? Government bonds are a sound investment.Wise and sensible

sound adjective (COMPLETE)

complete: How sound is her knowledge of the subject?Complete and wholeVery and extreme

sound

adverb, adjective [before noun] uk   /saʊnd/ us  
(of sleep) deep and peaceful: He was sound asleep within moments of getting into bed.Sleep and sleeping
(Definition of sound from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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