- 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 unpronounceable
This pack of weirdos forms the (unpronounceable) band Soronprfbs.Michael Fassbender Plays A Rocker in A Papier-Mâché Head in the Strange Sundance Film ‘Frank’
January 18, 2014
But spare your honest indignation; our unpronounceable friend did none of these.Nuts and Nutcrackers
Charles James Lever
The signorino is an American and he has an unpronounceable name.Olive in Italy
She said an unpronounceable word and added: "You may call me Liz."The Gift Bearer
Charles Louis Fontenay
Their last names were unpronounceable, so they were called Pavel and Peter.My Antonia
He probably had either a surname to be concealed or else unpronounceable to French lips.A Modern Telemachus
Charlotte M. Yonge
- not able to be uttered or articulated
- 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 unpronounceable
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.