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enunciate

[ih-nuhn-see-eyt]
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verb (used with object), e·nun·ci·at·ed, e·nun·ci·at·ing.
  1. to utter or pronounce (words, sentences, etc.), especially in an articulate or a particular manner: He enunciates his words distinctly.
  2. to state or declare definitely, as a theory.
  3. to announce or proclaim: to enunciate one's intentions.
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verb (used without object), e·nun·ci·at·ed, e·nun·ci·at·ing.
  1. to pronounce words, especially in an articulate or a particular manner.
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Origin of enunciate

1615–25; < Latin ēnūntiātus (past participle of ēnūntiāre), equivalent to ē- e-1 + nūnti(us) messenger, message + -ātus -ate1
Related formse·nun·ci·a·ble, adjectivee·nun·ci·a·bil·i·ty, noune·nun·ci·a·tive, e·nun·ci·a·to·ry, adjectivee·nun·ci·a·tive·ly, adverbe·nun·ci·a·tor, nounnon·e·nun·ci·a·tive, adjectivenon·e·nun·ci·a·to·ry, adjectivere·e·nun·ci·ate, verb, re·e·nun·ci·at·ed, re·e·nun·ci·at·ing.un·e·nun·ci·a·ble, adjectiveun·e·nun·ci·at·ed, adjectiveun·e·nun·ci·a·tive, adjective
Can be confusedannounce enunciate pronounce (see synonym study at announce)annunciate enunciate
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British Dictionary definitions for enunciable

enunciable

adjective
  1. capable of being enunciated
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enunciate

verb
  1. to articulate or pronounce (words), esp clearly and distinctly
  2. (tr) to state precisely or formally
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Derived Formsenunciation, nounenunciative or enunciatory, adjectiveenunciatively, adverbenunciator, noun

Word Origin

C17: from Latin ēnuntiāre to declare, from nuntiāre to announce, from nuntius messenger
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Word Origin and History for enunciable

enunciate

v.

1620s, "declare, express," from Latin enuntiatus, past participle of enuntiare "speak out, say, express, assert; divulge, disclose, reveal, betray," from ex- "out" (see ex-) + nuntiare "to announce" (see nuncio). Or perhaps a back-formation from enunciation. Meaning "to articulate, pronounce" is from 1759. Related: Enunciated; enunciating.

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