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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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 Johnson is the last incumbent Republican to announce his decision to seek reelection in this year's midterms. Daniella Diaz, CNN, 9 Jan. 2022 The Hollywood Foreign Press Association failed to attract any celebrities to announce the winners of this year’s Golden Globes, so the group has turned to its grant recipients for some help. Marc Malkin, Variety, 9 Jan. 2022 Scodelario shared a photo from her delivery on Instagram to announce the exciting news. Greta Bjornson,, 8 Jan. 2022 In recent days, outrage over the lockdown conditions has swelled as people shared personal stories online, forcing authorities to apologize and announce disciplinary action against officials. Saphora Smith, NBC News, 7 Jan. 2022 The district also postponed its Jan. 18 State of the District address, which was to be when the district had planned to formally announce its new superintendent. Kristen Taketa, San Diego Union-Tribune, 7 Jan. 2022 The Illinois attorney general’s office had asked Noll to allow the state to announce the 60 winners, without actually issuing the licenses, to allow the winners to proceed with their business plans. Robert Mccoppin,, 7 Jan. 2022 The Journal Sentinel is proud to announce the nominees for girls cross country athlete of the year for the Milwaukee High School Sports Awards to be held in the spring. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 7 Jan. 2022 Standing outside an Alamo Colleges District support operations building at 2222 N. Alamo St. — the first of the three new test sites — Nirenberg said the city expects to announce another three sites within the next day or two. Eric Killelea, Tim Fanning, San Antonio Express-News, 6 Jan. 2022

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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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“Announce.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jan. 2022.

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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 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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