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utter -- as in: utter a sound
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as in: utter a sound Define
make a sound with the voice
  • She wanted to warn him, but fear kept her from uttering a sound.
  • She wanted to complain, but she was so shocked she could not utter even a single sound.
  • So soon as he had finished, the youth began, not to play, but to utter sounds that were monotonous, and neither resembling the harmony of the old man’s instrument nor the songs of the birds; I since found that he read aloud, but at that time I knew nothing of the science of words or letters.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • As soon as I see the stars above my head, there isn’t even enough time to count one of them before my eyes roll back in my head and I’m holding back sounds that I’m too embarrassed to utter.
    Colleen Hoover  --  Hopeless

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  • Again, at the first instant of perceiving that thin visage, and the slight deformity of the figure, she pressed her infant to her bosom with so convulsive a force that the poor babe uttered another cry of pain.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • Julia uttered a tiny sound, a sort of squeak of surprise.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • Four young porkers in the front row uttered shrill squeals of disapproval, and all four of them sprang to their feet and began speaking at once.
    George Orwell  --  Animal Farm
  • The savage stopped fifteen yards away and uttered his cry.
    William Golding  --  Lord of the Flies
  • Kreacher was gulping for air: His hollow chest was rising and falling rapidly, then his eyes flew open and he uttered a bloodcurdling scream.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • Mary utters something unintelligible, staring at Abigail, who keeps watching the "bird" above.
    Arthur Miller  --  The Crucible

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  • The stuff that was coming out of him consisted of words, but it was not speech in the true sense: it was a noise uttered in unconsciousness, like the quacking of a duck.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • I gnashed my teeth and ground them together, uttering a groan that came from my inmost soul.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • I found that the sparrow uttered none but harsh notes, whilst those of the blackbird and thrush were sweet and enticing.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • Uttering a few sounds with an air of melancholy, he took the pail from her head and bore it to the cottage himself.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • With the deep, unconscious sigh which not even the nearness of the telescreen could prevent him from uttering when his day’s work started, Winston pulled the speakwrite towards him, blew the dust from its mouthpiece, and put on his spectacles.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • Napoleon stood sternly surveying his audience; then he uttered a high-pitched whimper.
    George Orwell  --  Animal Farm
  • But just at this moment Napoleon stood up and, casting a peculiar sidelong look at Snowball, uttered a high-pitched whimper of a kind no one had ever heard him utter before.
    George Orwell  --  Animal Farm
  • But just at this moment Napoleon stood up and, casting a peculiar sidelong look at Snowball, uttered a high-pitched whimper of a kind no one had ever heard him utter before.
    George Orwell  --  Animal Farm
  • This reading had puzzled me extremely at first, but by degrees I discovered that he uttered many of the same sounds when he read as when he talked.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • He fidgeted to and fro, swishing his long black tail against his sides and occasionally uttering a little whinny of surprise.
    George Orwell  --  Animal Farm
  • With his books held open by a stone, and with a piece of chalk gripped between the knuckles of his trotter, he would move rapidly to and fro, drawing in line after line and uttering little whimpers of excitement.
    George Orwell  --  Animal Farm
  • I soon perceived that although the stranger uttered articulate sounds and appeared to have a language of her own, she was neither understood by nor herself understood the cottagers.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • As soon as he beheld my form, he placed his hands before his eyes and uttered a shrill scream; I drew his hand forcibly from his face and said, ’Child, what is the meaning of this?’
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • Any savage balked in the forest would utter the double shout and hold up the line till he was free again.
    William Golding  --  Lord of the Flies
  • Mary utters again unintelligibly.
    Arthur Miller  --  The Crucible
  • A pigeon, alone on a low branch, allowed Pearl to come beneath, and uttered a sound as much of greeting as alarm.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • They heard uproar from the distant boundary of the school as what sounded like hundreds of people came swarming over the out-of-sight walls and pelted toward the castle, uttering loud war cries.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • I strained my sight to discover what it could be and uttered a wild cry of ecstasy when I distinguished a sledge and the distorted proportions of a well-known form within.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • When they were all gathered together, Napoleon emerged from the farmhouse, wearing both his medals (for he had recently awarded himself ’Animal Hero, First Class,’ and ’Animal Hero, Second Class’), with his nine huge dogs frisking round him and uttering growls that sent shivers down all the animals’ spines.
    George Orwell  --  Animal Farm
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as in: utter stupidity Define
complete or total (used as an intensifier--typically when stressing how bad something is)
as in: utter a complaint Define
say something aloud
as in: utter a sound Define
make a sound with the voice
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