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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Choose the Right Synonym for announce

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 Kravitz didn't announce her engagement until eight months after the proposal in an interview with Rolling Stone. Emily Tannenbaum, Glamour, "Zoë Kravitz Posts a Not-So-Cryptic Meme Amid Divorce From Karl Glusman," 3 Jan. 2021 Zink did not immediately announce a timeline, but said seniors would likely begin receiving vaccinations in late January or early February. Annie Berman, Anchorage Daily News, "Alaskans over 65 will be the next group eligible for COVID-19 vaccine, followed by ‘frontline essential workers’ and others," 1 Jan. 2021 Cannon said some events don’t announce the location until the day before, thinking there is less of a chance of police breaking up the party. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, "‘Diddy’ delivers, chicken coops, New Year’s Eve restrictions: News from around our 50 states," 31 Dec. 2020 Change in America doesn’t always announce its arrival to the world so loudly, though. Joseph Goodman |, al, "Alabama’s Najee Harris doesn’t walk alone," 31 Dec. 2020 Two people with knowledge of the situation, speaking Wednesday on condition of anonymity because the team did not announce a reason for his absence, confirmed that Cook went home to Miami to be with his family after the unexpected passing. Dave Campbell, ajc, "AP sources: Star Vikings RB Cook absent after father's death," 30 Dec. 2020 In September, AstraZeneca and Oxford halted trials in the U.K. after a volunteer experienced an unexplained illness—but did not announce the pause until it was reported in the news media. Michael Zennie, Time, "The Oxford-AstraZeneca Vaccine Approval May Be the Most Globally Important Yet," 30 Dec. 2020 The plans of those that didn’t announce plans this year are starting to come to fruition, too. Colin Beresford, Car and Driver, "The Biggest Car News of 2020, from COVID-19 to Revived Trucks," 19 Dec. 2020 The mayor didn’t announce a plan for gifted programs at the elementary level. Leslie Brody, WSJ, "NYC to Drop Academic Criteria for In-Demand Middle-School Admissions," 18 Dec. 2020

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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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12 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Announce.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jan. 2021.

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How to pronounce announce (audio)

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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