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 While the monarchy’s role in Malaysia is largely ceremonial, the king retains some discretionary powers and political leaders typically meet the ruler before announcing major political changes. Time, "Malaysia's 94-Year-Old Prime Minister Abruptly Submits Resignation Amid Political Turmoil," 24 Feb. 2020 Immediately following the competition, winners from each age group are announced at an awards ceremony with cash prizes, trophies, excitement, pride, and celebration. Luann Gibbs,, "Things to do in Cincinnati this week: Feb. 24-March 1," 24 Feb. 2020 The verdict was announced to a packed courtroom, with victims and victims’ relatives filling one side. oregonlive, "Jeremy Christian guilty on all counts in MAX stabbings trial," 21 Feb. 2020 Before announcing the sentence, Jackson read lengthy prepared remarks -- during which Stone and three of his lawyers stood before her, hands clasped in front, with expressionless faces. Lucien Bruggeman, ABC News, "Trump ally Roger Stone gets 40 months in prison after sentencing firestorm," 20 Feb. 2020 Microsoft’s Office app was announced last November at its Ignite conference, and has lived in public preview since then. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Hands on: Microsoft's Office app for Android is tuned for the smartphone generation," 19 Feb. 2020 Bloomberg has also made 5 visits to the state since announcing his candidacy in late November, far more than any other candidate during that stretch. Caitlin Conant, CBS News, "2020 Daily Trail Markers: Bloomberg qualifies for next two debates," 18 Feb. 2020 But media reports suggest that Deutsche Telekom, the parent company of T-Mobile, might seek better terms because Sprint’s financial position has weakened since the deal was announced in April 2018. The Economist, "Business this week," 15 Feb. 2020 Vankin also reports that at a splashy Thursday event hosted by Kayne Griffin Corcoran and Pace Gallery, it was announced that mobile gaming mogul Mark Pincus had donated $3 million to James Turrell’s Roden Crater project. Los Angeles Times, "Essential Arts: L.A.'s art fairs are here. From Frieze to Felix, it’s #artmageddon," 15 Feb. 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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“Announce.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jun. 2020.

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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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