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.

Nearby words

  1. enumerable,
  2. enumerate,
  3. enumeration,
  4. enumerator,
  5. enunciable,
  6. enunciation,
  7. enunciative,
  8. enure,
  9. enuresis,
  10. enuretic

Origin of enunciate

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

Related forms
Can be confusedannounce enunciate pronounce (see synonym study at announce)annunciate enunciate

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British Dictionary definitions for enunciate

enunciate

/ (ɪˈnʌnsɪˌeɪt) /

verb

to articulate or pronounce (words), esp clearly and distinctly
(tr) to state precisely or formally
Derived Formsenunciation, 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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Word Origin and History for enunciate

enunciate

v.

1620s, "declare, express," from Latin enuntiatus, past participle of enuntiare "speak out, say, express, assert; divulge, disclose, reveal, betray," from ex- "out" (see ex-) + nuntiare "to announce" (see nuncio). Or perhaps a back-formation from enunciation. Meaning "to articulate, pronounce" is from 1759. Related: Enunciated; enunciating.

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