feel out

feel out
F f


    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [feel out]
    • /fil aʊt/
    • /fiːl ˈaʊt/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [feel out]
    • /fil aʊt/

Definitions of feel out words

  • verb with object feel out to perceive or examine by touch. 1
  • verb with object feel out to have a sensation of (something), other than by sight, hearing, taste, or smell: to feel a toothache. 1
  • verb with object feel out to find or pursue (one's way) by touching, groping, or cautious moves. 1
  • verb with object feel out to be or become conscious of. 1
  • verb with object feel out to be emotionally affected by: to feel one's disgrace keenly. 1
  • verb with object feel out to experience the effects of: The whole region felt the storm. 1

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Origin of feel out

First appearance:

before 900
One of the 4% oldest English words
before 900; Middle English felen, Old English fēlan; cognate with Old Saxon fōlian, German fühlen; akin to Old Norse falma to grope. See fumble

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Parts of speech for Feel out


feel out popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 97% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

feel out usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for feel out

verb feel out

  • investigate — to examine, study, or inquire into systematically; search or examine into the particulars of; examine in detail.
  • inspect — to look carefully at or over; view closely and critically: to inspect every part of the motor.
  • interrogate — to ask questions of (a person), sometimes to seek answers or information that the person questioned considers personal or secret.
  • prospect — Usually, prospects. an apparent probability of advancement, success, profit, etc. the outlook for the future: good business prospects.
  • grill — a grating or openwork barrier, as for a gate, usually of metal and often of decorative design.

Antonyms for feel out

verb feel out

  • ignore — to refrain from noticing or recognizing: to ignore insulting remarks.
  • reply — followup
  • respond — to reply or answer in words: to respond briefly to a question.
  • answer — When you answer someone who has asked you something, you say something back to them.
  • find — to come upon by chance; meet with: He found a nickel in the street.

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