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[ih-nuhn-see-eyt] /ɪˈnʌn siˌeɪt/
verb (used with object), enunciated, enunciating.
to utter or pronounce (words, sentences, etc.), especially in an articulate or a particular manner:
He enunciates his words distinctly.
to state or declare definitely, as a theory.
to announce or proclaim:
to enunciate one's intentions.
verb (used without object), enunciated, enunciating.
to pronounce words, especially in an articulate or a particular manner.
Origin of enunciate
1615-25; < Latin ēnūntiātus (past participle of ēnūntiāre), equivalent to ē- e-1 + nūnti(us) messenger, message + -ātus -ate1
Related forms
enunciable, adjective
enunciability, noun
enunciative, enunciatory, adjective
enunciatively, adverb
enunciator, noun
nonenunciative, adjective
nonenunciatory, adjective
reenunciate, verb, reenunciated, reenunciating.
unenunciable, adjective
unenunciated, adjective
unenunciative, adjective
Can be confused
announce, enunciate, pronounce (see synonym study at announce)
annunciate, enunciate. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for enunciate
Historical Examples
  • We advertise our business, communicate our intentions, enunciate our views; we notify an individual, give notice to the public.

    English Synonyms and Antonyms James Champlin Fernald
  • “Say it again and over you go,” the mate managed to enunciate thickly.

  • The pianist must likewise make himself understood; he therefore must enunciate clearly.

    Piano Mastery Harriette Brower
  • It is needless to enunciate the weight of the earth in our ordinary units.

    The Story of the Heavens Robert Stawell Ball
  • Nevertheless they possess much range of expression and several species learn to enunciate words with more or less ease.

  • We enunciate a principle of government, and then deny its practice.

    Shadow and Light Mifflin Wistar Gibbs
  • It is a quotidian truth that few before him had the courage or clairvoyancy to enunciate.

    Egoists James Huneker
  • She is taught to enunciate clearly and to speak courteously and agreeably.

    The Canadian Girl at Work Marjory MacMurchy
  • To enunciate these demands categorically, a deputation of the estates-general came to Luxemburg.

  • It does not, indeed, seem easy to enunciate the scheme itself.

    Perpetual Motion Percy Verance
British Dictionary definitions for enunciate


to articulate or pronounce (words), esp clearly and distinctly
(transitive) to state precisely or formally
Derived Forms
enunciation, noun
enunciative, enunciatory, adjective
enunciatively, adverb
enunciator, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin ēnuntiāre to declare, from nuntiāre to announce, from nuntius messenger
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for enunciate

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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