Pronounce Definition

pronounced, pronounces, pronouncing
pronounced, pronounces, pronouncing
To announce or declare (someone or something) to be as specified.
To pronounce a man guilty.
Webster's New World
To articulate (a sound or word); utter the sounds of.
Webster's New World
To say or declare officially, solemnly, or with ceremony.
To pronounce a couple husband and wife.
Webster's New World
To articulate (a word or syllable) in the accepted manner.
How do you pronounce your family name?
Webster's New World
To pronounce words, syllables, etc.
Webster's New World

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

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