- to enunciate or articulate (sounds, words, sentences, etc.).
- to utter or sound in a particular manner in speaking: He pronounces his words indistinctly.
- to utter or articulate in the accepted or correct manner: I can't pronounce this word.
- to declare (a person or thing) to be as specified: She pronounced it the best salmon she had ever tasted.
- to utter or deliver formally or solemnly: to pronounce sentence.
- to announce authoritatively or officially: The judge pronounced the defendant guilty.
- to indicate the pronunciation of (words) by providing a phonetic transcription: This dictionary pronounces most of the words entered.
- to pronounce words, phrases, etc.
- to make a statement or assertion, especially an authoritative statement (often followed by on): He was required to pronounce on the findings of his research.
- to give an opinion or decision (usually followed by on): to pronounce on an important matter.
- to indicate the pronunciation of words: a spelling book that pronounces.
Origin of pronounce
Examples from the Web for pronounce
Never mind the word "bazaar," which you pronounce as "bizarre" and Hassan pronounces as "buzzer."Whatever You Do Someone Will Die. A Short Story About Impossible Choices in Iraq
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August 31, 2014
Then, Jessica Biel was very big around 2005-2010, and she had that scene in a bra in I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry.The Movie Nudity Maestro: Jim McBride on 15 Years of Mr. Skin and That Scarlett Johansson Scene
August 9, 2014
“After what seemed an eternity, but probably was 15 seconds, the doctor said, ‘I pronounce this man dead,’” Gozik recalled.The Last American Soldier Executed for Desertion
June 6, 2014
The upper elite still try to pronounce judgments and lead, but fewer and fewer of those down below pay attention.The Smartest Book About Our Digital Age Was Published in 1929
January 5, 2014
We had the names no one could pronounce and faces of the culprits.How The Media Chose Its Boston 'Suspects'
April 22, 2013
"Ponce de Leon," supplied Dorcas Jane, proud that she could pronounce it.The Trail Book
Were he to die while I am speaking, we could not pronounce it an untimely death.Time's Portraiture
He was heard, under his breath, to pronounce a contemptuous Pshaw!Tales And Novels, Volume 5 (of 10)
Her voice faltered so that she could not pronounce the word gratitude.Tales And Novels, Volume 3 (of 10)
Now Colonel Corkran informs us that we must pronounce her, in a different way.It Happened in Egypt
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- to utter or articulate (a sound or sequence of sounds)
- (tr) to utter or articulate (sounds or words) in the correct way
- (tr; may take a clause as object) to proclaim officially and solemnlyI now pronounce you man and wife
- (when tr, may take a clause as object) to declare as one's judgmentto pronounce the death sentence upon someone
- (tr) to make a phonetic transcription of (sounds or words)
Word Origin and History for pronounce
early 14c., "to declare officially;" late 14c., "to speak, utter," from Old French prononcier "declare, speak out, pronounce" (late 13c., Modern French prononcer), from Late Latin pronunciare, from Latin pronuntiare "to proclaim, announce; pronounce, utter," from pro- "forth, out, in public" (see pro-) + nuntiare "announce," from nuntius "messenger" (see nuncio). With reference to the mode of sounding words or languages, it is attested from 1620s (but cf. pronunciation in this sense early 15c.). Related: Pronounced; pronouncing.