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verb (used with object), e·nun·ci·at·ed, e·nun·ci·at·ing.
  1. to utter or pronounce (words, sentences, etc.), especially in an articulate or a particular manner: He enunciates his words distinctly.
  2. to state or declare definitely, as a theory.
  3. to announce or proclaim: to enunciate one's intentions.
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verb (used without object), e·nun·ci·at·ed, e·nun·ci·at·ing.
  1. 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
Related formse·nun·ci·a·ble, adjectivee·nun·ci·a·bil·i·ty, noune·nun·ci·a·tive, e·nun·ci·a·to·ry, adjectivee·nun·ci·a·tive·ly, adverbe·nun·ci·a·tor, nounnon·e·nun·ci·a·tive, adjectivenon·e·nun·ci·a·to·ry, adjectivere·e·nun·ci·ate, verb, re·e·nun·ci·at·ed, re·e·nun·ci·at·ing.un·e·nun·ci·a·ble, adjectiveun·e·nun·ci·at·ed, adjectiveun·e·nun·ci·a·tive, adjective
Can be confusedannounce enunciate pronounce (see synonym study at announce)annunciate enunciate
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Historical Examples

  • We enunciate a principle of government, and then deny it in practise.

    Masterpieces of Negro Eloquence


  • “Say it again and over you go,” the mate managed to enunciate thickly.

  • It is needless to enunciate the weight of the earth in our ordinary units.

    The Story of the Heavens

    Robert Stawell Ball

  • He is content to enunciate a truth, and to call it probable.

  • We enunciate a principle of government, and then deny its practice.

    Shadow and Light

    Mifflin Wistar Gibbs

British Dictionary definitions for enunciate


  1. to articulate or pronounce (words), esp clearly and distinctly
  2. (tr) to state precisely or formally
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Derived Formsenunciation, nounenunciative or enunciatory, adjectiveenunciatively, adverbenunciator, noun

Word Origin

C17: from Latin ēnuntiāre to declare, from nuntiāre to announce, from nuntius messenger
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Word Origin and History for enunciate


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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