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verb enun·ci·ate \ē-ˈnən(t)-sē-ˌāt\

: to make a clear statement of (ideas, beliefs, etc.)

: to pronounce words or parts of words clearly


Full Definition of ENUNCIATE

transitive verb
a :  to make a definite or systematic statement of
b :  announce, proclaim <enunciated the new policy>
:  articulate, pronounce <enunciate all the syllables>
intransitive verb
:  to utter articulate sounds
enun·cia·ble \-ˈnən(t)-sē-ə-bəl, -ˈnən-ch(ē-)ə-\ adjective
enun·ci·a·tion \-ˌnən(t)-sē-ˈā-shən\ noun
enun·ci·a·tor \-ˈnən(t)-sē-ˌā-tər\ noun

Examples of ENUNCIATE

  1. He set out to enunciate the basic principles of his system.
  2. enunciate a basic set of beliefs
  3. Children should be taught to enunciate clearly.


Latin enuntiatus, past participle of enuntiare to report, declare, from e- + nuntiare to report — more at announce
First Known Use: 1623

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ENUNCIATE Defined for Kids


verb enun·ci·ate \ē-ˈnən-sē-ˌāt\

Definition of ENUNCIATE for Kids

:  to make known publicly
:  to pronounce words or parts of words <“… Ole Golly sounded terribly proper and enunciated everything quite clearly …” — Louise Fitzhugh, Harriet the Spy>


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