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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The talks could still fall apart, the people cautioned—but should the two sides reach a deal, it could be announced soon. Cara Lombardo, WSJ, "Trian Nears Settlement With Legg Mason, Could Get 3-to-4 Board Seats," 17 May 2019 The idea, which the architect announced on Instagram, has sparked a vigorous debate on the nature of restoration and the role that architecture plays as society and technology evolves. Ingrid Abramovitch, ELLE Decor, "Architect Responds to Controversy Over His Proposal to Top Notre-Dame with a Glass Roof," 14 May 2019 Since it was announced that Big Little Lies was getting a second season, fans have been eagerly awaiting the next chapter of the story. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Big Little Lies Season 2 Features a Wedding, an Affair, and an Unexpected Cameo," 11 May 2019 Today it was announced that Meghan and Harry are teaming up with Prince William and Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, to launch Shout, a new crisis hotline, which will offer immediate support to those in need via text. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Never-Before-Seen Photos of Meghan Markle Reveal Her Secret Visit to Shout, a New Crisis Text Line," 10 May 2019 It likely won't be announced for another day, at least. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "Why Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Won't Announce Their Royal Baby's Name Right Away," 8 May 2019 It was just announced there was no collusion with Russia. Jonathan Lemire, The Seattle Times, "Trump claims vindication in Mueller report, goes on attack," 25 Mar. 2019 In February it was announced Allen’s research ship, R/V Petrel, had discovered the aircraft carrier USS Hornet, followed by the Imperial Japanese Navy battleship Hiei. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Explorers Have Found the Wreckage of the Sunken World War II Aircraft Carrier USS Wasp," 14 Mar. 2019 Hulu announced today that Kidman will star and produce in an adaptation of Moriarty’s 2018 best seller about an eclectic group convening at a luxe, Miraval-style wellness resort named Tranquillum House. Michelle Ruiz, Vogue, "Will Nicole Kidman’s Nine Perfect Strangers Be the New Big Little Lies?," 1 May 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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