an·​nounce·​ment | \ ə-ˈnau̇n(t)-smənt How to pronounce announcement (audio) \

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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Recent Examples on the Web

The news of William and Kate’s trip to Pakistan comes days after an announcement that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will be travelling to South Africa in the autumn, with Harry also making stops in Malawi and Angola. Alexis Reliford,, "Prince William & Kate Middleton's Autumn Trip Is A Nod To Diana," 30 June 2019 If an emergency alert is issued, an announcement will be made on the race website the night before the race. Beth Bragg, Anchorage Daily News, "Wildfire smoke won’t stop Mount Marathon, race organizers say," 29 June 2019 Five-year-old Sandy Margolin, recently recovered from a battle with the mumps, was sitting by the window of her family's home watching people walk to the circus, when her mother made an unexpected announcement. Michael Hamad,, "The living survivors of the Hartford circus fire still carry the scars from the tragic day. Hear their stories in this interactive oral history.," 27 June 2019 The first word that Broguiere’s planned to close came late last month, when the supermarket chain Gelson’s posted an announcement on its Facebook page. Nita Lelyveld,, "Want to keep L.A. weird? Embrace the weirdness we still have," 27 June 2019 An announcement was made at the Briggs & Stratton Big Backyard and music stopped, at least temporarily. Lainey Seyler, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "With a threat of thunderstorms, Summerfest music stops on at least one stage," 27 June 2019 This is an announcement concerning Jeremy Roloff and his family specifically: After 14 years, over 300 episodes, and 17 seasons, the time has come. Natalie Stone,, "Audrey Roloff Opens Up About the 'Struggles' in Her 4-Year Marriage to Jeremy: 'We Fight, Cry'," 26 June 2019 It was likely helped by an announcement from Facebook (FB) last month that the social network planned to debut its own digital currency, called Libra, introducing its 2 billion users to crypto. Jackie Wattles, CNN, "Bitcoin surges past $13,000 then sheds about 13%," 26 June 2019 Plant officials have not set a date when canisters will start moving again but an announcement is expected soon. San Diego Union-Tribune, "NRC rebuffs call for a full-time inspector at San Onofre nuclear plant," 22 June 2019

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First Known Use of announcement

1781, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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4 Jul 2019

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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 How to pronounce announcement (audio) \

Kids Definition of announcement

1 : the act of making known publicly
2 : a public notice of something a birth announcement

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