pronounce

[ pruh-nouns ]
/ prəˈnaʊns /

verb (used with object), pro·nounced, pro·nounc·ing.

verb (used without object), pro·nounced, pro·nounc·ing.

Origin of pronounce

1300–50; Middle English pronouncen < Middle French prononcier < Latin prōnūntiāre to proclaim, announce, recite, utter. See pro-1, announce

Related forms

Can be confused

announce enunciate pronounce (see synonym study at announce)
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British Dictionary definitions for pronounce

pronounce

/ (prəˈnaʊns) /

verb

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 solemnlyI now pronounce you man and wife
(when tr, may take a clause as object) to declare as one's judgmentto pronounce the death sentence upon someone
(tr) to make a phonetic transcription of (sounds or words)

Derived Forms

pronounceable, adjectivepronouncer, noun

Word Origin for pronounce

C14: from Latin prōnuntiāre to announce, from pro- 1 + nuntiāre to announce
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