enunciate

verb
enun·​ci·​ate | \ ē-ˈnən(t)-sē-ˌāt How to pronounce enunciate (audio) \
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 How to pronounce enunciate (audio) , -​ˈnən-​ch(ē-​)ə-​ \ adjective
enunciation \ ē-​ˌnən(t)-​sē-​ˈā-​shən How to pronounce enunciate (audio) \ noun
enunciator \ ē-​ˈnən(t)-​sē-​ˌā-​tər How to pronounce enunciate (audio) \ 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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Recent Examples on the Web Abigail, the first deaf contestant in the franchise's history, reveals her cochlear implants to Matt, who promises to enunciate clearly for her. Hannah Yasharoff, USA TODAY, "'The Bachelor' recap: Matt James makes his TV debut in a night of franchise firsts, 8 sent home," 5 Jan. 2021 James, in a particularly cute moment, promised to always enunciate clearly for her. Devon Ivie, Vulture, "A Deaf Woman Is Matt James’s Current Bachelor Frontrunner," 4 Jan. 2021 The former vice president, who struggled growing up with a stutter, stuttered slightly at the start of the program and at one point squeezed his eyes shut and slowed down his response to clearly enunciate his words. The Associated Press, NOLA.com, "Trump, Biden go at it — from a distance — in dueling televised town halls," 16 Oct. 2020 The former vice president, who struggled growing up with a stutter, stuttered slightly at the start of the program and at one point squeezed his eyes shut and slowed down his response to clearly enunciate his words. Jonathan Lemire, Star Tribune, "Trump, Biden go at it — from a distance — in town halls," 16 Oct. 2020 The former vice president, who struggled growing up with a stutter, stuttered slightly at the start of the show and at one point squeezed his eyes shut and slowed down his response to clearly enunciate his words. Anchorage Daily News, "Trump, Biden sharply criticize each other — from a distance — in dueling town halls," 16 Oct. 2020 Unlike Facebook, LinkedIn’s pronunciation feature relies on users—not a bot—to enunciate their names correctly. Katie Deighton, WSJ, "LinkedIn Wants to End Pronunciation Gaffes on Names With New Audio Feature," 6 July 2020 Stretching from tip to tail are splash guards and overfenders that enunciate the more outdoorsy look. Sue Mead, Houston Chronicle, "2020 Nissan Pathfinder and a race to get home," 21 Apr. 2020 Nasiri’s moving piece enunciates the endurance of Iraqis’ humanity in the moment of its apparent effacement—its physical negation by American bombs, and its elision from the images conveyed back to the United States by CNN. Eli Jelly-schapiro, The New York Review of Books, "The Art of Neverending Wars," 15 Feb. 2020

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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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12 Jan 2021

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“Enunciate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/enunciate. Accessed 20 Jan. 2021.

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enunciate

verb
How to pronounce enunciate (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of enunciate

formal : to make a clear statement of (ideas, beliefs, etc.)
: to pronounce words or parts of words clearly

enunciate

verb
enun·​ci·​ate | \ ē-ˈnən-sē-ˌāt How to pronounce enunciate (audio) \
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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