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annunciate

[uh-nuhn-see-eyt]
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

annunciator

[uh-nuhn-see-ey-ter]
noun
  1. an announcer.
  2. a signaling apparatus, generally used in conjunction with a buzzer, that displays a visual indication when energized by electric current.
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Origin of annunciator

1745–55; annūntiātor; see annunciate, -tor
Related formsan·nun·ci·a·to·ry [uh-nuhn-see-uh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /əˈnʌn si əˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/, adjective
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Examples from the Web for annunciatory

Historical Examples

  • There was my annunciatory epistle written to Sally Smith more than a fortnight before!

    Catholic World, Vol. XI, April 1870-September 1870

    Various

  • The riotous preparations and annunciatory yells had died away to an intimate murmur of conversation.

    Sinister Street, vol. 2

    Compton Mackenzie


British Dictionary definitions for annunciatory

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

annunciator

noun
  1. a device that gives a visual indication as to which of a number of electric circuits has operated, such as an indicator in a hotel showing in which room a bell has been rung
  2. a device giving an audible signal indicating the position of a train
  3. a less common word for announcer
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Word Origin and History for annunciatory

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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