Pronounce meaning

prə-nouns
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.

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To say words; speak.
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To declare officially or formally.

Pronounced the legislature to be in session; was pronounced dead on arrival.

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To pronounce words, syllables, etc.
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(intransitive) To pass judgment.

The judge pronounced often before, but never so widely press-attended.

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To sound out (a word or phrase); to articulate.
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To say or declare officially, solemnly, or with ceremony.

To pronounce a couple husband and wife.

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(intransitive) To produce the components of speech.

Actors must be able to pronounce perfectly or deliberately disabled.

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To declare authoritatively, or as a formal expert opinion.

The doctor pronounced them legally dead.

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To declare one's opinion; make a pronouncement.

Pronouncing on the issues of the day.

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To announce or declare (someone or something) to be as specified.

To pronounce a man guilty.

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To state or pass a judgment; make a pronouncement (on)
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To formally declare, officially or ceremoniously.

I hereby pronounce you man and wife.

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To read aloud.
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To represent (a word) in phonetic symbols.
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Origin of pronounce

  • Middle English pronouncen from Old French prononcier from Latin prōnūntiāre prō- forth pro–1 nūntiāre to announce (from nūntius messenger neu- in Indo-European roots)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Recorded since c.1330, "to utter, declare officially", from Old French pronuncier, from Latin prōnÅ«ntiō, itself from prō- (“forth, out, in public") + nÅ«ntiō (“I announce") from nÅ«ntius (“messenger").

    From Wiktionary