transitive verb-·nounced′, -·nounc′ing
- to say or declare officially, solemnly, or with ceremony: to pronounce a couple husband 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 nuncio
- to state or pass a judgment; make a pronouncement (on)
- to pronounce words, syllables, etc.