an·​nounce | \ə-ˈnau̇n(t)s \
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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This morning, the Screen Actors Guild announced the nominations for its 2019 awards, and the individual female acting nominees in particular are blindingly white. Julie Kosin, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Screen Actors Guild Nominated Just One Woman of Color for an Individual Acting Award," 12 Dec. 2018 Early this morning in Los Angeles, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association revealed the nominees for the 76th annual Golden Globes, announced by Terry Crews, Danai Gurira, Leslie Mann, and Christian Slater. Vogue, "Here Are the 2019 Golden Globe Nominations," 6 Dec. 2018 Peresvet was announced by Russian president Vladimir Putin on March 1, 2018. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Russia Deploys New Ground-Based Laser Weapon," 5 Dec. 2018 And just yesterday, the airline announced transatlantic flights from London to Rio de Janeiro, with fares as low as $300 one-way. Meredith Carey, Condé Nast Traveler, "Norwegian Air's New Flights Make It Easier (and Cheaper) to Get to Europe This Summer," 28 Nov. 2018 Google’s plan to clarify the source of ads placed on its network mirrors a similar initiative announced by Facebook last month, and is a step towards making online political advertising more transparent. Jon Porter, The Verge, "Google tightens political ad policies ahead of 2019 EU elections," 23 Nov. 2018 The news was first announced Friday by the National Park Service, which manages the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "Westworld’s Main Street shooting set at Paramount Ranch burns down," 10 Nov. 2018 Entry is still open for the 2018 race; registration for 2019 has not yet been announced. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "4 Ways to Get Into the NYC Marathon—Plus 4 Marathons That Are Much Easier to Enter," 6 Nov. 2018 In July, Twitter announced a decrease of one million monthly active users for the second quarter, and warned investors that things would be even worse in the third quarter. Kurt Wagner, Recode, "Twitter is about to tell us if it lost millions of users. Does that really mean its plan is working?," 24 Oct. 2018

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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 \
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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