[ uh-nuhn-see-eyt ]
/ əˈnʌn siˌeɪt /

verb (used with object), an·nun·ci·at·ed, an·nun·ci·at·ing.

to announce.

Origin of annunciate

1350–1400; < Medieval Latin annūnciātus, for Latin annūntiātus, past participle of annūntiāre to make known. See announce, -ate1

Related forms

an·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 confused

annunciate enunciate

Definition for annunciatory (2 of 2)


[ uh-nuhn-see-ey-ter ]
/ əˈnʌn siˌeɪ tər /


an announcer.
a signaling apparatus, generally used in conjunction with a buzzer, that displays a visual indication when energized by electric current.

Origin of annunciator

1745–55; annūntiātor; see annunciate, -tor

Related forms

an·nun·ci·a·to·ry [uh-nuhn-see-uh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /əˈnʌn si əˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for annunciatory (1 of 2)


/ (əˈnʌnsɪˌeɪt, -ʃɪ-) /


(tr) a less common word for announce

Derived Forms

annunciation, nounannunciative (əˈnʌnsɪətɪv, -ʃətɪv) or annunciatory (əˈnʌnsɪətərɪ, -ʃə-), adjective

Word Origin for annunciate

C16: from annunciātus, Medieval Latin misspelling of annuntiātus, past participle of Latin annuntiāre; see announce

British Dictionary definitions for annunciatory (2 of 2)


/ (əˈnʌnsɪˌeɪtə) /


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
a device giving an audible signal indicating the position of a train
a less common word for announcer
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