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 A week later, on April 19, Scott announced his selections for the opportunity zone tax break, the superyacht tract among them. Justin Elliott, ProPublica, "A Trump Tax Break To Help The Poor Went To a Rich GOP Donor’s Superyacht Marina," 18 Nov. 2019 On Wednesday afternoon, Arapahoe Basin Ski Area announced its Sundance beginner run would open Thursday. Taylor Sienkiewicz, The Know, "Despite a lack of natural snow, every Summit County ski area is opening new terrain this weekend," 15 Nov. 2019 Pressured by the armed forces, Mr. Morales announced his resignation from his stronghold in the coca farming region of Cochabamba Province on Sunday, and flew into exile the next day. Anatoly Kurmanaev, New York Times, "Ethnic Rifts in Bolivia Burst Into View With Fall of Evo Morales," 15 Nov. 2019 Connecticut officials last month announced detections in Greenwich, Stamford, and New Canaan, on New York City's doorstep. Gabriel Popkin, Science | AAAS, "A mysterious disease is striking American beech trees," 14 Nov. 2019 Police announced the arrest in a tweet on Thursday morning. Tom Mcghee, The Denver Post, "Police arrest two juveniles in Wednesday shooting of girl in Green Valley Ranch," 14 Nov. 2019 The other announced tenants are Heartland Advisors Inc. and Andrus Intellectual Property Law. Tom Daykin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Downtown BMO Tower's completion delayed by months after water floods basement and damages equipment," 14 Nov. 2019 On Thursday, the NFL announced that 11 teams — Arizona, Atlanta, Cleveland, Denver, Detroit, Miami, New England, the New York Giants and Jets, Tampa Bay and Washington — had committed to send representatives. Mike Finger,, "As Colin Kaepernick gets set to show stuff, will anyone’s mind change?," 14 Nov. 2019 The mother of a missing Florida girl, Taylor Rose Williams, 5, has been charged with child neglect and giving false information to investigators after police found human remains in rural Alabama, authorities announced on Tuesday. Fox News, "Mother of missing Florida girl Taylor Williams, 5, charged after human remains found in Alabama," 13 Nov. 2019

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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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20 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Announce.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 21 November 2019.

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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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