to enunciate or articulate (sounds, words, sentences, etc.).
to utter or sound in a particular manner in speaking: He pronounces his words indistinctly.
to utter or articulate in the accepted or correct manner:I can't pronounce this word.
to declare (a person or thing) to be as specified: She pronounced it the best salmon she had ever tasted.
to utter or deliver formally or solemnly: to pronounce sentence.
to announce authoritatively or officially: The judge pronounced the defendant guilty.
to indicate the pronunciation of (words) by providing a phonetic transcription: This dictionary pronounces most of the words entered.
to pronounce words, phrases, etc.
to make a statement or assertion, especially an authoritative statement (often followed by on): He was required to pronounce on the findings of his research.
to give an opinion or decision (usually followed by on): to pronounce on an important matter.
to indicate the pronunciation of words: a spelling book that pronounces.
- pro·nounce·a·ble, adjective
- pro·nounce·a·ble·ness, noun
- pro·nounc·er, noun
- pre·pro·nounce, verb (used with object), pre·pro·nounced, pre·pro·nounc·ing.
- un·pro·nounce·a·ble, adjective
- un·pro·nounc·ing, adjective
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How to use pronounce in a sentence
I think you’ll find that if you say the translations out loud, you’ll find that they’re pretty close to how the names are pronounced.
Police said Wright was shot multiple times in the head and body and was pronounced dead at the scene.D.C. police investigating three fatal shootings since Monday | Peter Hermann, Martin Weil | January 20, 2021 | Washington Post
Israel Johnson, 20, of Fort Washington was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.Two slain in two days in Prince George’s County, police say | Martin Weil, Dan Morse | January 20, 2021 | Washington Post
The effect is particularly pronounced in kids, who are less likely to differentiate between bonds forged in the real world and those developed over the internet—since they’ve always had both.Stressed out? Video games can help—if you follow these tips. | Stan Horazek | January 20, 2021 | Popular-Science
Don’t worry—it’s way easier to find this muscle than to pronounce its name.
At the time Kristina still could not quite pronounce the "R" sound in Russian, but she made her meaning clear.Is 9-Year-Old Russian Model Kristina Pimenova Too Sexualized? | Anna Nemtsova | December 12, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Never mind the word "bazaar," which you pronounce as "bizarre" and Hassan pronounces as "buzzer."Whatever You Do Someone Will Die. A Short Story About Impossible Choices in Iraq | Nathan Bradley Bethea | August 31, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Then, Jessica Biel was very big around 2005-2010, and she had that scene in a bra in I Now pronounce You Chuck and Larry.The Movie Nudity Maestro: Jim McBride on 15 Years of Mr. Skin and That Scarlett Johansson Scene | Marlow Stern | August 9, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
“After what seemed an eternity, but probably was 15 seconds, the doctor said, ‘I pronounce this man dead,’” Gozik recalled.
The upper elite still try to pronounce judgments and lead, but fewer and fewer of those down below pay attention.The Smartest Book About Our Digital Age Was Published in 1929 | Ted Gioia | January 5, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
That persons competent to judge of their merit would in after years pronounce them of priceless value.The World Before Them | Susanna Moodie
The danger which seemed so terrible to many honest friends of liberty he did not venture to pronounce altogether visionary.The History of England from the Accession of James II. | Thomas Babington Macaulay
The best way of scansion is perhaps to read despyt-e with final e, preserved by csura, and to pronounce Diane as Din'.Chaucer's Works, Volume 1 (of 7) -- Romaunt of the Rose; Minor Poems | Geoffrey Chaucer
I think a prudent reader should pronounce as the judges do—Pater est is quern nuptiæ demonstrant.A Philosophical Dictionary, Volume 1 (of 10) | Franois-Marie Arouet (AKA Voltaire)
The last act brings us to the great hall of the papal palace at Avignon, where the Pope is to pronounce judgment upon the Queen.Frdric Mistral | Charles Alfred Downer
British Dictionary definitions for pronounce
to utter or articulate (a sound or sequence of sounds)
(tr) to utter or articulate (sounds or words) in the correct way
(tr; may take a clause as object) to proclaim officially and solemnly: I now pronounce you man and wife
(when tr, may take a clause as object) to declare as one's judgment: to pronounce the death sentence upon someone
(tr) to make a phonetic transcription of (sounds or words)
- pronounceable, adjective
- pronouncer, noun
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