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 Many expected the Federal Reserve to be ready to announce a rollback of its emergency stimulus next week. Anneken Tappe, CNN, 17 Sep. 2021 The sources believe that Google could announce the free channels as soon as this fall. Jacob Siegal, BGR, 17 Sep. 2021 As far as how soon Graven and City Council will announce plans for the ARPA money, the mayor said the city isn’t on a clock. John Benson, cleveland, 15 Sep. 2021 The lead Republican on the Banking Committee, Patrick Toomey of Pennsylvania, criticized Gensler for not having the SEC publicly announce what characteristics make a cryptocurrency a security or not a security. Ted Knutson, Forbes, 14 Sep. 2021 President Joe Biden will announce his next steps to boost the global covid-19 vaccine supply before this year's United Nations General Assembly begins, U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy said. Compiled Democrat-gazette Staff From Wire Reports, Arkansas Online, 13 Sep. 2021 As the newly-in-power Taliban prepares to announce a government in Afghanistan, the Biden administration is being forced to abruptly recalibrate its approach to a group long viewed in the U.S. as terrorists. Tracy Wilkinson Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 7 Sep. 2021 Afghans waited for the Taliban to announce its new government. New York Times, 3 Sep. 2021 The Taliban has rejected such demands and is expected to announce a new government that appears modeled after Iran’s theocracy, with top Taliban religious and military leaders in key positions. Washington Post, 2 Sep. 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 26 Sep. 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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