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

First recorded in 1615–25; from Latin ēnūntiātus (past participle of ēnūntiāre ), equivalent to ē- “from, out of” (see e-1) + nūnti(us) “messenger, message” + -ātus suffix (see -ate1)

OTHER WORDS FROM enunciate

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH enunciate

1. announce, enunciate , pronounce; 2. annunciate, enunciate .
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Example sentences from the Web for enunciate

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

    Uller Uprising|Henry Beam Piper, John D. Clark and John F. Carr

British Dictionary definitions for enunciate

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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