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enunciate

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verb enun·ci·ate \ē-ˈnən(t)-sē-ˌāt\

Simple Definition of enunciate

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

  • : to pronounce words or parts of words clearly

Full Definition of enunciate

enun·ci·at·edenun·ci·at·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to make a definite or systematic statement of b :  announce, proclaim <enunciated the new policy>

  3. 2 :  articulate, pronounce <enunciate all the syllables>

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to utter articulate sounds

enun·cia·ble play \-ˈnən(t)-sē-ə-bəl, -ˈnən-ch(ē-)ə-\ adjective
enun·ci·a·tion play \-ˌnən(t)-sē-ˈā-shən\ noun
enun·ci·a·tor play \-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.



Origin of enunciate

Latin enuntiatus, past participle of enuntiare to report, declare, from e- + nuntiare to report — more at announce


First Known Use: 1623

Rhymes with enunciate

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ENUNCIATION Defined for Kids

enunciation

noun enun·ci·a·tion \ē-ˌnən-sē-ˈā-shən\

Definition of enunciation

  1. :  clearness of pronunciation





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