pronounce[prə no̵uns′, prō-]
- To pronounce is to say a word a certain way, to hand down a judgment or to formally announce something.
- An example of pronounce is when you say the word "drawer" with a New York accent.
- An example of pronounce is when a jury declares someone guilty.
- An example of pronounce is when a priest declares a couple man and wife.
transitive verbpronounced, pronouncing
- to say or declare officially, solemnly, or with ceremony: to pronounce a couple man and wife
- to announce or declare (someone or something) to be as specified: to pronounce a man guilty
- to articulate (a sound or word); utter the sounds of
- to articulate (a word or syllable) in the accepted manner: how do you pronounce your family name?
- to indicate the pronunciation of (a word) with symbols
Origin of pronounceMiddle English pronouncen ; from Old French pronuncier ; from Classical Latin pronuntiare ; from pro-, before + nuntiare, to announce ; from nuntius, messenger: see pro- and amp; nuncio
- to state or pass a judgment; make a pronouncement (on)
- to pronounce words, syllables, etc.
verbpro·nounced, pro·nounc·ing, pro·nounc·es
- a. To use the organs of speech to make heard (a word or speech sound); utter.b. To say clearly, correctly, or in a given manner: learning to pronounce French; pronounced my name wrong.
- To represent (a word) in phonetic symbols.
- To declare officially or formally: pronounced the legislature to be in session; was pronounced dead on arrival.
- To say words; speak.
- To declare one's opinion; make a pronouncement: pronouncing on the issues of the day.
Origin of pronounceMiddle English pronouncen, from Old French prononcier, from Latin prōnūntiāre : prō-, forth; see pro–1 + nūntiāre, to announce (from nūntius, messenger; see neu- in Indo-European roots).
(third-person singular simple present pronounces, present participle pronouncing, simple past and past participle pronounced)
- To formally declare, officially or ceremoniously.
- I hereby pronounce you man and wife.
- (intransitive) To pass judgment.
- The judge pronounced often before, but never so widely press-attended.
- To sound out (a word or phrase); to articulate.
- (intransitive) To produce the components of speech.
- Actors must be able to pronounce perfectly or deliberately disabled.
- To declare authoritatively, or as a formal expert opinion.
- The doctor pronounced them legally dead.
- To read aloud.
Recorded since c.1330, "to utter, declare officially", from Old French pronuncier, from Latin prÅnÅ«ntiÅ, itself from prÅ- (â€œforth, out, in publicâ€) + nÅ«ntiÅ (â€œI announceâ€) from nÅ«ntius (â€œmessengerâ€).