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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After the 2018 Emmy nominations were announced this morning (July 12), honored celebs took to social media to give thanks and congratulate co-nominees. Sofia Mele, Billboard, "Nominated Celebrities React to 2018 Emmy Nominations: See the Tweets," 12 July 2018 In announcing the new charges Friday, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein stressed that the indictment did not include any allegations that the Russians were assisted by Americans in their efforts to hack Democratic groups and individuals. Rosalind S. Helderman And Manuel Roig-franzia,, "Charges against Russian officers intensify spotlight on Trump adviser Stone," 13 July 2018 The games begin at noon with a shotgun start and conclude with a dinner announcing the raffle winner of a car. Cynthia Fernandez,, "A sensory garden, a Beatles cover band, and a mentor program itself gets a boost," 13 July 2018 Read more: Michael Joyce, a spokesman for the Republican National Committee, said no one believes Stabenow did a thorough review of Kavanaugh's lengthy judicial record before announcing her opposition along with other Democrats. Todd Spangler, Detroit Free Press, "Why Mich. senators won't confirm Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh," 13 July 2018 Trump’s comments delivered a blow for May who is already fighting for her political life after announcing her plan on Brexit to her cabinet last week. Brooke Singman, Fox News, "Trump, May face the press after explosive interview," 13 July 2018 In announcing the name, Navy Secretary Richard Spencer said in a statement that McCain did not ask for his name to be added to the ship. Yvonne Wingett Sanchez, azcentral, "U.S. Navy names destroyer after Sen. John McCain," 11 July 2018 In announcing the choice Wednesday, the White House said Tom's agribusiness experience includes work in North America, South America, Africa, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. Maureen Groppe, Indianapolis Star, "Indiana agribusinessman Kip Tom tapped by Trump for food ambassador job," 11 July 2018 Salina wastes no time in announcing its deliciousness. Howie Kahn, Smithsonian, "These Volcanic, Italian Islands Have Been Beloved by Travelers Since Homeric Times," 11 July 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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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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