an·nounce | \ ə-ˈnau̇n(t)s \
announced; announcing

Definition of announce 

transitive verb

1 : to make known publicly : proclaim announce a deal

2a : to give notice of the arrival, presence, or readiness of (something) announce dinner

b : to indicate beforehand : foretell an invention that announced a new era

3 US : to serve as an announcer of announce a football game

intransitive verb

1 : to serve as an announcer

2 US

a : to declare one's candidacy announce for president

b : to declare oneself politically announce against a nominee

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declare, announce, proclaim, promulgate mean to make known publicly. declare implies explicitness and usually formality in making known. the referee declared the contest a draw announce implies the declaration of something for the first time. announced their engagement at a party proclaim implies declaring clearly, forcefully, and authoritatively. the president proclaimed a national day of mourning promulgate implies the proclaiming of a dogma, doctrine, or law. promulgated an edict of religious toleration

Examples of announce in a Sentence

The government announced a cut in taxes. They announced plans to move the company out of the state. The company president has announced her retirement. Their engagement was formally announced in the newspaper.
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced this week that the Kellogg's product, which is a grainy cereal with honey clusters, has been recalled. Devon Elizabeth, SELF, "Update: There Are Now 100 Salmonella Cases Linked to Recalled Honey Smacks Cereal," 13 July 2018 One of the show’s directors, Janet Mock, announced the news just a day before the series was picked up for a second season. Niki Mcgloster,, "The Quick Read: Gabrielle Union Opens Up About Miscarriages and Fertility Issues," 13 July 2018 Bruce also announced a $10,000 contribution from the Lions Club International Foundation which was given to support recovery in the aftermath of the recent flooding in Ellicott City. Tracy Trobridge, Howard County Times, "Glenwood Lions Club recognizes police and fire heroes [Glenwood/Glenelg/Dayton]," 12 July 2018 The Charlotte City Council will debate bringing the Republican National Convention to the city during a special 2 p.m. meeting Monday, the city announced Thursday. Steve Harrison, charlotteobserver, "Charlotte releases details for Monday RNC vote. Here’s how to share your views.," 12 July 2018 This year, the agency announced AU$20 million in initial funds to support renewable export technologies, including shipping ammonia. Robert F. Service, Science | AAAS, "Ammonia—a renewable fuel made from sun, air, and water—could power the globe without carbon," 12 July 2018 The monetary amounts of their awards was not announced. Elizabeth Marie Himchak, Pomerado News, "Poway Unified students win National Merit scholarships," 12 July 2018 The proud new mom announced the news with a stunning nude pregnancy shoot on Instagram this morning. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Cardi B Gives Birth to a Baby Girl," 11 July 2018 Today the organizers of the Silver Room Block Party announced the full lineup for their 15th blowout. Leor Galil, Chicago Reader, "Do This / Music The Silver Room Block Party announces the lineup for its 15th festival," 11 July 2018

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First Known Use of announce

15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for announce

Middle English, from Anglo-French annuncier, from Latin annuntiare, from ad- + nuntiare to report, from nuntius messenger

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The first known use of announce was in the 15th century

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English Language Learners Definition of announce

: to make (something) known in a public or formal way : to officially tell people about (something)

: to say (something) in a loud and definite way

: to say in a formal or official way that something or someone has arrived or is present or ready


an·nounce | \ ə-ˈnau̇ns \
announced; announcing

Kids Definition of announce

1 : to make known publicly They announced their engagement.

2 : to give notice of the arrival, presence, or readiness of announce dinner

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