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French translation of 'sound'

Word Frequency


[ˈsaʊnd ]
1.  (healthy) [heart, lungs, body] sain(e)
to be of sound mind être sain(e) d’esprit
2.  (in good condition) [structure, car, engine] en bon état
financially sound solide financièrement
3.  (good)
[investment] judicieux/euse
[reasoning, evidence, basis] solide
[advice] avisé(e)
That’s sound advice. C’est un conseil avisé.
His argument is basically sound. Son argument tient.
sound judgement
fairness, sound judgement and diplomatic skill de l’équité, du jugement et du talent pour la diplomatie
4.  (acceptable) [idea, practice, method, move] sensé(e)
ecologically sound raisonnable d’un point de vue écologique
to be sound asleep être profondément endormi(e)
1.  (noise) bruit m
Don’t make a sound! Pas un bruit !
I could hear the sound of footsteps. J’entendais des bruits de pas.
2.  (Physics) son m
the speed of sound la vitesse du son
3.  (volume) (on radio, TV, hi-fi) son m
Can I turn the sound down? Je peux baisser le son ?
4.  (distinctive style) [of singer, band] son m
He’s got a unique sound. Il a un son unique.
5.  (describing impression)
I don’t like the sound of it. Ça ne me dit rien qui vaille.
From the sound of things, he might be the same man. D’après ce que l’on peut en juger, il pourrait être le même homme.
6.  (Geography, Geology) détroit mbras m de mer
(Radio, Television, Audio)
[check] du son
[equipment] sonore
(Physics) [signals, patterns] sonore
transitive verb
[buzzer] appuyer sur
[bell] sonner
to sound one’s horn klaxonner
2.  (express publicly) [warning, note of caution] émettre
3.  [opinions] sonder
intransitive verb
1.  [buzzer, bell] sonnerretentir
2.  (seem) sembleravoir l’air
That sounds interesting. Cela semble intéressant.Ça a l’air intéressant.
it sounds as if ... il semblerait que ...
It sounds as if she’s doing well at school. Il semblerait qu’elle travaille bien à l’école.
That sounds like a good idea. Cela semble une bonne idée.
3.  (describing noise or voice) sembler
They heard what sounded like a huge explosion. Ils entendirent ce qui semblait être une énorme explosion.
She sounded a bit worried. Elle avait l’air un peu inquiète.Elle semblait un peu inquiète.
You sound just like a salesperson. Tu parles comme un commercial.
It sounds like French. Cela ressemble à du français.
That sounds like them arriving. On dirait que c’est eux qui arrivent.
Phrasal verbs
sound off, sound out

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Example Sentences Including 'sound'

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Transparency and sound arguments should be put out.
Times, Sunday Times (2012)
Yet there is sound reasoning behind it.
Times, Sunday Times (2014)
They both heard the sound that checked her.
Frances Hodgson Burnett A Little Princess (1905)
But the way she says it she makes it sound like a consolation prize.
Times, Sunday Times (2008)
The sound altered because now there were two and neither of us were DJs.
The Sun (2014)
The sound quality is good but not noise cancelling.
The Sun (2016)
There is a sound mathematical basis for this.
Times, Sunday Times (2011)
To make sure my business continues to be financially sound and to get away from bank debt.
Times, Sunday Times (2009)
Yet this sounds like an instrument under strain.
Times, Sunday Times (2011)
But a cautionary note must be sounded.
Times, Sunday Times (2013)
He said: 'It sounds silly but if you are going to lose then at least score goals.
The Sun (2009)
My heart sank as four musicians struggled against a ghastly sound system.
Times, Sunday Times (2008)
That might not sound exactly like a good thing.
Times, Sunday Times (2009)
The trick was that while eating it you listened to the sound of the sea through earphones.
Times, Sunday Times (2015)
Some of the results sound as though they come from hippies rather than academics.
Times, Sunday Times (2009)
Then he makes a noise that sounds a bit like vomiting.
Times, Sunday Times (2011)
This sounds like something the trade unions would approve of.
Times, Sunday Times (2012)
You can really capture the sound of the room.
The Sun (2007)
Young has been a critic of digital music because the sound quality is lower than on vinyl.
The Sun (2012)
Some do not like the way their voices sound.
Christianity Today (2000)

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'sound' in Other Languages

British English: sound /saʊnd/ ADJECTIVE
If something is sound, it is in good condition or healthy.
The stairway was sound and undamaged.
  • American English: sound
  • Arabic: سَلِيم
  • Brazilian Portuguese: saudável
  • Chinese: 良好的
  • Croatian: čitav
  • Czech: v dobrém stavu
  • Danish: sund
  • Dutch: gezond
  • European Spanish: en buen estado
  • Finnish: vahingoittumaton
  • French: sensé
  • German: tadellos
  • Greek: γερός
  • Italian: sano
  • Japanese: 健全な
  • Korean: 건전한
  • Norwegian: sunn
  • Polish: mocny
  • European Portuguese: saudável
  • Romanian: sănătos
  • Russian: здоровый
  • Spanish: salvo
  • Swedish: sund
  • Thai: ที่ไม่เสียหาย
  • Turkish: sağlam
  • Ukrainian: здоровий
  • Vietnamese: lành lặn
British English: sound /saʊnd/ NOUN
A sound is something that you hear.
He heard the sound of a car engine outside.
  • American English: sound
  • Arabic: صَوْت
  • Brazilian Portuguese: som
  • Chinese: 声音
  • Croatian: zvuk
  • Czech: zvuk
  • Danish: lyd
  • Dutch: geluid
  • European Spanish: sonido
  • Finnish: ääni
  • French: son bruit
  • German: Klang
  • Greek: ήχος
  • Italian: suono
  • Japanese:
  • Korean: 소리
  • Norwegian: lyd
  • Polish: dźwięk
  • European Portuguese: som
  • Romanian: sunet
  • Russian: звук
  • Spanish: sonido
  • Swedish: ljud
  • Thai: เสียง
  • Turkish: ses
  • Ukrainian: звук
  • Vietnamese: âm thanh
British English: sound VERB
If something such as a horn or a bell sounds or if you sound it, it makes a noise.
The buzzer sounded in his office.
  • American English: sound
  • Brazilian Portuguese: soar
  • Chinese: 发出声音
  • European Spanish: sonar
  • French: retentir
  • German: ertönen
  • Italian: suonare
  • Japanese: 鳴らす/鳴る
  • Korean: 소리가 나다
  • European Portuguese: soar
  • Spanish: sonar


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