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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Muilenburg also announced that Boeing is raising its long-term forecast for global plane demand, notably amid sustained growth in Asia. Washington Post, "Boeing CEO concedes ‘mistake’ with planes in 2 fatal crashes," 16 June 2019 Apple just announced its answer to Google's sign-in, with an alternative that will be introduced to the iPhone and iPad in the fall, as part of the iOS13 software upgrade. Jefferson Graham, USA TODAY, "R.I.P. passwords?," 15 June 2019 Gallego also announced a community meeting, where Police Chief Jeri Williams will be present to answer questions and address citizen concerns about the incident in the video. Claire Rafford, azcentral, "'Inappropriate and clearly unprofessional': Phoenix mayor on video of police officers' encounter with family," 15 June 2019 Singer/actress Cassie also announced her pregnancy with boyfriend Alex Fine last night. Nandi Howard, Essence, "5 Baller Baby Gifts Yung Miami And Cassie Would Love," 14 June 2019 Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel recently announced criminal charges against five Catholic priests. Niraj Warikoo, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Archbishop says he will work 'immediately' on abuse accountability for bishops," 14 June 2019 The nonprofit board that runs the James J. Hill Center in downtown St. Paul recently announced that the historic reference library, business center and wedding venue will close July 3. Frederick Melo, Twin Cities, "As James J. Hill library winds down, Central Library next door reminds readers: We’re still here!," 14 June 2019 An independent space station Sivan also announced at the press conference Thursday that India was planning to set up an independent space station by 2030. Faiz Akhtar, CNN, "India hopes to become fourth country on the moon in September," 13 June 2019 Also, the association announced new divisional breakdowns in volleyball, soccer and basketball. Scott Springer,, "How OHSAA divisional, football regional assignments affect Greater Cincinnati sports," 13 June 2019

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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 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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