an·​nounce·​ment | \ə-ˈnau̇n(t)-smənt \

Definition of announcement 

1 : the act of announcing something or of being announced

2 : a public notification or declaration

3 : a piece of formal stationery designed for a social or business announcement

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Synonyms for announcement


ad, advert [chiefly British], advertisement, bulletin, communiqué, notice, notification, posting, release

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Examples of announcement in a Sentence

Many people were surprised by the government's announcement that there will be a cut in taxes. I heard an announcement on the loudspeaker saying that the store was closing in 10 minutes. The company president made an announcement about the merger. He asked us to pay attention because he had an important announcement to make. I saw their wedding announcement in the newspaper. They have been very busy since the announcement of their wedding.
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The announcement comes as the city and the New York State Department of Health wrangle over the opening of four safe-injection sites in the city and as rates of unintentional drug-overdose deaths rose for the seventh-straight year. Melanie Grayce West, WSJ, "New York City to Spend $8 Million Combatting Bronx Opioid Epidemic," 28 Nov. 2018 The announcement of the discovery came only two days after a memorial service held by family members of the crew and a day after the anniversary of the ship's loss. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "Doomed Argentine sub found a year after its disappearance," 19 Nov. 2018 The announcement comes on the same day that Southwest Airlines backed out of its commitment to use Paine Field. Agueda Pacheco-flores, The Seattle Times, "Alaska Airlines starts taking reservations for flights out of Everett’s Paine Field," 15 Nov. 2018 The announcement came shortly after Netanyahu’s Security Cabinet ended a seven-hour discussion on the rising tensions in Gaza. Fares Akram, The Seattle Times, "Cease-fire takes hold between Israel and Hamas," 13 Nov. 2018 The announcement comes two days after a group of voters filed a lawsuit against Kemp, arguing that the Republican could not continue in his role as chief elections official while votes were being counted. P.r. Lockhart, Vox, "Brian Kemp finally steps down from administering the election he ran in," 8 Nov. 2018 The announcement will come at the end of what has been a challenging year for the mobile division of the South Korean firm. Jon Porter, The Verge, "Samsung to show foldable phone design and interface tomorrow, says report," 6 Nov. 2018 And as if fate were not cruel enough, the announcement comes 21 years and a day after the last successful land speed record attempt, one that involved many of the same people. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "1,000mph land speed record project now in doubt due to funding woe," 15 Oct. 2018 Assuming that the announcement came at the traditional 12-week mark, the Duchess of Sussex will likely give birth about six months from now. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Are Expecting Their First Child," 15 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of announcement

1781, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of announcement was in 1781

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English Language Learners Definition of announcement

: a written or spoken statement that tells people about something : public or formal words that announce something

: the act of officially telling people about something : the act of announcing something


an·​nounce·​ment | \ə-ˈnau̇n-smənt \

Kids Definition of announcement

1 : the act of making known publicly

2 : a public notice of something a birth announcement

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