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.


Nearby words

  1. pronominal,
  2. pronominalize,
  3. pronormoblast,
  4. pronotum,
  5. pronoun,
  6. pronounced,
  7. pronouncement,
  8. pronto,
  9. pronuclear,
  10. pronucleus

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 confusedannounce enunciate pronounce (see synonym study at announce)

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British Dictionary definitions for pronouncing

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 Formspronounceable, adjectivepronouncer, noun

Word Origin for pronounce

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

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Word Origin and History for pronouncing

pronounce

v.

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.

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