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.
Origin of enunciate
1615–25;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
< Latin ēnūntiātus
(past participle of ēnūntiāre
), equivalent to ē- e-1
) messenger, message + -ātus -ate1
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British Dictionary definitions for enunciatory
Derived Formsenunciation, nounenunciative or enunciatory, adjectiveenunciatively, adverbenunciator, noun
to articulate or pronounce (words), esp clearly and distinctly
(tr) to state precisely or formally
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 enunciatory
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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