an·​nounce | \ ə-ˈnau̇n(t)s \
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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Over the past two months, TAP Air Portugal has announced new routes to Lisbon from Washington D.C. and Chicago. Bridget Hallinan, Condé Nast Traveler, "12 Days of Deals: Flights to Lisbon from $539 Round-Trip," 14 Dec. 2018 Disney Animated Studios previously announced four films coming out in the next four years, including Frozen 2. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "Lin-Manuel Miranda Might Create Disney's First Latinx Princess and Fans are Freaking Out," 23 Jan. 2019 However, a month after announcing their breakup, Zayn was seen at Gigi's apartment. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Gigi Hadid Was Seen at Zayn Malik's Apartment After They Broke Up," 17 Jan. 2019 Since announcing her pregnancy, Markle has tended towards a wardrobe of mostly black and navy and her latest fashion move was a refreshing departure. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Meghan Markle’s Regal Purple Aritzia Dress Is Already Sold Out," 14 Jan. 2019 Not to be outdone, Dell announced a 55-inch 4K Alienware monitor outfitted with a luscious OLED display for deep blacks and fantastic color reproduction. Brad Chacos, PCWorld, "6 important CES 2019 reveals and trends that PC enthusiasts need to know about," 11 Jan. 2019 After announcing this year's festival lineup, Coachella's organizers have addressed other important aspects about what attendees can expect at the big event in 2019. Brittney Mcnamara, Teen Vogue, "Coachella Announced Sexual Harassment Prevention Efforts," 4 Jan. 2019 Democrat Steve Sisolak won the governorship of Nevada after announcing his support of a ballot initiative that would mandate Nevada use 50 percent renewable energy by 2030. Umair Irfan, Vox, "Climate and energy news in 2018 actually wasn’t all bad," 1 Jan. 2019 There is, however, one major clue that could signal which politicians plan to run before officially announcing their bid. Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, "How to Tell If a Candidate Is Planning to Run for President in 2020," 31 Dec. 2018

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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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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 \
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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