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.
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.

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 of enunciator

  • She looked puzzled for a moment, then slipped in her enunciator.

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British Dictionary definitions for enunciator


  1. to articulate or pronounce (words), esp clearly and distinctly
  2. (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 enunciator



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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