- 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.
Origin of pronounce
Examples from the Web for pronouncer
Historical Examples of pronouncer
The name of this officer is equivalent to the pronouncer of doom or sentence.The Heart of Mid-Lothian, Volume 2, Illustrated
Sir Walter Scott
He was the pronouncer who was not undertaking the way to have enough listen to every one.Matisse Picasso and Gertrude Stein
Another name for judge was Dempster, the pronouncer of doom, a title which still exists in the Isle of Man.The Romance of Names
In Brookes' and White's Selwyn appeared with a twofold fame, that of a pronouncer of bon-mots and that of a lover of horrors.The Wits and Beaux of Society
Grace & Philip Wharton
He put away his stethoscope and smiled at Doggie, who regarded him blankly as the pronouncer of a doom.The Rough Road
William John Locke
- 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)
Word Origin for pronounce
early 14c., "to declare officially;" late 14c., "to speak, utter," from Old French prononcier "declare, speak out, pronounce" (late 13c., Modern French prononcer), from Late Latin pronunciare, from Latin pronuntiare "to proclaim, announce; pronounce, utter," from pro- "forth, out, in public" (see pro-) + nuntiare "announce," from nuntius "messenger" (see nuncio). With reference to the mode of sounding words or languages, it is attested from 1620s (but cf. pronunciation in this sense early 15c.). Related: Pronounced; pronouncing.