an·​nounce | \ ə-ˈnau̇n(t)s How to pronounce announce (audio) \
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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Choose the Right Synonym for announce

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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Recent Examples on the Web Sheldon said the club will announce the new crest and identity by midyear, understanding production timelines. Michael Loré, Forbes, "Chicago Fire FC Reinventing Its Identity With Help Of Fan-Focused Crest Project," 26 Feb. 2021 Will Johnson is up next and will announce his decision Friday between the Buckeyes, Trojans and Michigan, with the Wolverines having the momentum. Stephen Means, cleveland, "Ranking Ohio State football’s top 2022 targets after updated composite rankings: Buckeyes Recruiting," 25 Feb. 2021 Exelon expects to complete the transaction by the first quarter of 2022 and announce permanent company names, senior management teams and board appointments, in coming months. Lorraine Mirabella,, "Exelon, owner of Baltimore-based Constellation and BGE, will split power and utility businesses," 24 Feb. 2021 The organization will announce its winners in April. Danya Perez, San Antonio Express-News, "San Antonio area schools nominated for national award," 24 Feb. 2021 The national conversation about prioritizing teachers to get vaccines continues to simmer as more local and state leaders announce plans for reopening schools. Christina Maxouris, CNN, "Educators may be more central drivers of Covid-19 in schools than students, CDC study finds," 23 Feb. 2021 Hamden police will announce Tuesday that the reward for information leading to a conviction the person or persons who murdered Dennis Allen-Paige has been increased from $25,000 to $50,000. Steven Goode,, "Hamden police announce increase in deadly shooting reward," 23 Feb. 2021 President Joe Biden will announce several revisions on Monday to the Paycheck Protection Program, which Congress approved last year as part of a nearly $2 trillion COVID-relief bill. Michael Collins, USA TODAY, "Biden to tweak Paycheck Protection Program to give small businesses better access to loans," 22 Feb. 2021 Only after they were pretty much sold out everywhere did the Fire Department, in late October, announce its regulations regarding their use. Nick Paumgarten, The New Yorker, "How Restaurants Survive the Long Pandemic Winter," 22 Feb. 2021

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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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“Announce.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Mar. 2021.

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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 How to pronounce announce (audio) \
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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