enunciate

[ ih-nuhn-see-eyt ]
/ ɪˈnʌn siˌeɪt /

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

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), e·nun·ci·at·ed, e·nun·ci·at·ing.

to pronounce words, especially in an articulate or a particular manner.

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Origin of enunciate

1615–25; < Latin ēnūntiātus (past participle of ēnūntiāre), equivalent to ē- e-1 + nūnti(us) messenger, message + -ātus -ate1

OTHER WORDS FROM enunciate

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH enunciate

announce enunciate pronounce (see synonym study at announce)annunciate enunciate
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British Dictionary definitions for enunciable (1 of 2)

enunciable
/ (ɪˈnʌnsɪəbəl) /

adjective

capable of being enunciated

British Dictionary definitions for enunciable (2 of 2)

enunciate
/ (ɪˈnʌnsɪˌeɪt) /

verb

to articulate or pronounce (words), esp clearly and distinctly
(tr) to state precisely or formally

Derived forms of enunciate

enunciation, nounenunciative or enunciatory, adjectiveenunciatively, adverbenunciator, noun

Word Origin for enunciate

C17: from Latin ēnuntiāre to declare, from nuntiāre to announce, from nuntius messenger
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