[ pruh-nouns ]
/ prəˈnaʊns /
verb (used with object), pro·nounced, pro·nounc·ing.
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.
verb (used without object), pro·nounced, pro·nounc·ing.
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.
Words nearby pronounce
Origin of pronounce
OTHER WORDS FROM pronounce
pro·nounce·a·ble, adjectivepro·nounce·a·ble·ness, nounpro·nounc·er, nounpre·pro·nounce, verb (used with object), pre·pro·nounced, pre·pro·nounc·ing.
un·pro·nounce·a·ble, adjectiveun·pro·nounc·ing, adjective
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In any case it is a barren concession, because, as we have seen, telegraphic addresses must be pronounceable.
British Dictionary definitions for pronounceable
/ (prəˈnaʊns) /
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 of pronouncepronounceable, adjectivepronouncer, noun
Word Origin for pronounce
C14: from Latin prōnuntiāre to announce, from pro- 1 + nuntiāre to announce
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