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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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 To arrest the rural slowdown, Sitharaman will have to announce some big bang stimulus measures. Sangeeta Tanwar, Quartz India, "India’s struggling consumer goods sector pins its hopes on Budget 2020," 26 Jan. 2020 After 16 years with the New York Giants, quarterback Eli Manning is scheduled to announce his retirement from the NFL on Friday. Mark Inabinett |, al, "Alabama Roots: The 25 highest-paid NFL players of all-time," 24 Jan. 2020 So far the company and its CEO have yet to announce any additional factories in the United States. Roberto Baldwin, Car and Driver, "Trump Claims Tesla's Building a Huge New U.S. Factory Because It Has to," 22 Jan. 2020 The new superintendent is expected to be announced in early February, with contract approval projected at the board's Feb. 10 regular meeting. Alec Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Germantown School Board narrows superintendent search to these three finalists," 22 Jan. 2020 The pilot project, to be announced in Seattle on Wednesday, is still making waves as the first U.S. general election conducted via mobile voting. TheWeek, "Seattle is letting everyone vote via smartphone in a local election," 22 Jan. 2020 The efforts to convince Zelensky to announce an inquiry into Biden are at the heart of the impeachment process. Robyn Dixon, David L. Stern, Natalie Gryvnyak, Anchorage Daily News, "Lev Parnas’ feverish text messages show his wide reach among Ukraine’s oligarchs and political elite," 20 Jan. 2020 As of right now, Fox hasn’t announced a premiere date for The Masked Dancer. Selena Barrientos, Good Housekeeping, "'The Masked Dancer' Already Sounds WAY More Crazy Than 'The Masked Singer'," 20 Jan. 2020 Yitzak did not yet know: none of the names of the dead had been announced. Colum Mccann, Harper's magazine, "Here and There," 20 Jan. 2020

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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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30 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Announce.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

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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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