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"sound" in American English

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soundnoun

us   /sɑʊnd/
  • sound noun (SOMETHING HEARD)

[C/U] something heard or that may be heard: [C] They could hear the sound of an airplane overhead.
  • sound noun (WATER PASSAGE)

[C] a passage of sea connecting two larger areas of sea, or an area of sea mostly surrounded by land: Puget Sound Long Island Sound

soundverb

us   /sɑʊnd/
  • sound verb (SEEM)

to suggest a particular feeling, state, or thing by the way something is said or a noise is made: [L] He sounded rather discouraged when I called him yesterday. [I always + adv/prep] You sound as if you have a sore throat. [I always + adv/prep] From what you told me, she sounds like (= seems to be) a nice person. [I always + adv/prep] That sounds like fun (= seems likely to be enjoyable).
  • sound verb (MAKE NOISE)

[I/T] to make a noise: [I] A bell sounds after fifty minutes to signal the end of the class period. [T] Sound the alarm – a prisoner has escaped!

soundadjective [-er/-est only]

us   /sɑʊnd/
in good condition; (of a person) healthy, or (of a thing) not broken or damaged: a person of sound mind Engineers had to close the bridge because it was not sound.
Sound also describes sleep that is deep and peaceful: She was sound asleep when the phone rang.
good because based on good judgment or correct methods: It was a sound approach to investing money.
(Definition of sound from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)







"sound" in British English

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soundnoun

uk   /saʊnd/ us   /saʊnd/
  • 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.
[U] the activity of recording and broadcasting sound such as from a performance of music or for a film: a sound engineer/recording
[U] the volume or quality of the sound of a television or film: Could you turn the sound down/up on the TV?
[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.

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  • 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. I'm going to be talking to over 90 people? I don't like the sound of that!
  • 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 Sound

soundverb

uk   /saʊnd/ us   /saʊnd/
  • sound verb (SEEM)

sound good, interesting, strange, etc.

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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.
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.
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.
  • 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.
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!
  • sound verb (WATER DEPTH)

[T] to measure the depth of a mass of water, such as the sea, usually by sonar
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Phrasal verbs

soundadjective

uk   /saʊnd/ us   /saʊnd/

soundadverb, adjective [before noun]

uk   /saʊnd/ us   /saʊnd/
(of sleep) deep and peaceful: He was sound asleep within moments of getting into bed.
(Definition of sound from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"sound" in Business English

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soundadjective

uk   /saʊnd/ us  
showing good judgment, or able to be trusted: A sound money-management strategy that has the added benefit of freeing up cash for new investments. The booklet gives sound advice on how to choose a with-profits bond.
in good condition: The bridge is structurally sound.
complete or detailed: A sound knowledge of law is essential.
(Definition of sound from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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