enun·​ci·​ate | \ē-ˈnən(t)-sē-ˌāt \
enunciated; enunciating

Definition of enunciate 

transitive verb

1a : to make a definite or systematic statement of

b : announce, proclaim enunciated the new policy

2 : articulate, pronounce enunciate all the syllables

intransitive verb

: to utter articulate sounds

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Other Words from enunciate

enunciable \ē-​ˈnən(t)-​sē-​ə-​bəl, -​ˈnən-​ch(ē-​)ə-​ \ adjective
enunciation \ē-​ˌnən(t)-​sē-​ˈā-​shən \ noun
enunciator \ē-​ˈnən(t)-​sē-​ˌā-​tər \ noun

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Examples of enunciate in a Sentence

He set out to enunciate the basic principles of his system. enunciate a basic set of beliefs Children should be taught to enunciate clearly.
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There is a schism among metal singers over whether to enunciate well enough to make lyrics comprehensible. James R. Hagerty, WSJ, "Screeching in a Metal Band Takes Lozenges, Tea and a Patient Vocal Coach," 18 May 2018 The show is directed and musically staged by John Doyle, who generates a tornado of emotion but occasionally loses touch when his actors fail to enunciate crisply enough to be understood. Tom Titus, latimes.com, "On Theater: Strong singing propels 'The Color Purple'," 21 June 2018 Those last few phrases are enunciated in a fierce staccato, each syllable sounding a bit like a fresh indictment in a litany of accusations. James Hebert, sandiegouniontribune.com, "La Jolla Playhouse going out on a limb with world-premiere Robert Askins comedy 'The Squirrels'," 1 June 2018 If someone gets your name wrong, correct them as soon as possible, enunciating clearly and firmly but politely, so there is no mistake. Southern Living, "This Is The Proper Way to Introduce People," 11 May 2018 With it, Cordray supported extending to the states a personal right to bear arms first enunciated by the court in 2008. Emily Stewart, Vox, "Richard Cordray used to lead the government’s top consumer watchdog. Now he’s trying to become governor of Ohio.," 9 May 2018 Baby never has to beg, never even has to enunciate or open her eyes past half-mast. Diablo Cody, Vogue, "Help! I'm Raising California Babies! Tully's Diablo Cody Opens Up on Modern Mothering," 2 May 2018 The line about inclusion was a veiled reference to Trump but carefully enunciated. Washington Post, "Romney faces complicated path as he begins run for Senate seat," 20 Feb. 2018 Among other things the members of the class of 2018 were advised to speak slowly, loudly and to enunciate into the microphone. Sarah Espedido, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Miss Vietnam Florida 2018:," 3 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of enunciate

1623, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for enunciate

Latin enuntiatus, past participle of enuntiare to report, declare, from e- + nuntiare to report — more at announce

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English Language Learners Definition of enunciate

: to make a clear statement of (ideas, beliefs, etc.)

: to pronounce words or parts of words clearly


enun·​ci·​ate | \ē-ˈnən-sē-ˌāt \
enunciated; enunciating

Kids Definition of enunciate

1 : to make known publicly

2 : to pronounce words or parts of words “… Ole Golly sounded terribly proper and enunciated everything quite clearly …”— Louise Fitzhugh, Harriet the Spy

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