pronounce

[ pruh-nouns ]
/ prəˈnaʊns /
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verb (used with object), pro·nounced, pro·nounc·ing.

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

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Origin of pronounce

First recorded in 1300–50; Middle English pronouncen, from Middle French prononcier, from Latin prōnūntiāre “to proclaim, announce, recite, utter”; see pro-1, announce

OTHER WORDS FROM pronounce

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH pronounce

announce, enunciate, pronounce
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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 of pronounce

pronounceable, adjectivepronouncer, noun

Word Origin for pronounce

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