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annunciate

[uh-nuhn-see-eyt]
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verb (used with object), an·nun·ci·at·ed, an·nun·ci·at·ing.
  1. to announce.
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Origin of annunciate

1350–1400; < Medieval Latin annūnciātus, for Latin annūntiātus, past participle of annūntiāre to make known. See announce, -ate1
Related formsan·nun·ci·a·ble, adjectivean·nun·ci·a·tive, an·nun·ci·a·to·ry [uh-nuhn-see-uh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /əˈnʌn si əˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/, adjectiveun·an·nun·ci·a·ble, adjectiveun·an·nun·ci·a·tive, adjective
Can be confusedannunciate enunciate
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British Dictionary definitions for annunciate

annunciate

verb
  1. (tr) a less common word for announce
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Derived Formsannunciation, nounannunciative (əˈnʌnsɪətɪv, -ʃətɪv) or annunciatory (əˈnʌnsɪətərɪ, -ʃə-), adjective

Word Origin

C16: from annunciātus, Medieval Latin misspelling of annuntiātus, past participle of Latin annuntiāre; see announce
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Word Origin and History for annunciate

v.

1530s, from past participle adjective annunciate (late 14c.) or directly from Latin annunciatus, misspelling of annuntiatus, past participle of annuntiare (see announce). In some cases perhaps a back-formation from annunciation. Related: Annunciated; annunciating.

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