pro·​nounce | \ prə-ˈnau̇n(t)s \
pronounced; pronouncing

Definition of pronounce

transitive verb

1 : to declare officially or ceremoniously the minister pronounced them husband and wife
2 : to declare authoritatively or as an opinion doctors pronounced him fit to resume duties
3a : to employ the organs of speech to produce pronounce these words especially : to say correctly I can't pronounce his name
b : to represent in printed characters the spoken counterpart of (an orthographic representation) both dictionaries pronounce clique the same
4 : recite speak the speech, I pray you, as I pronounced it to you— William Shakespeare

intransitive verb

1 : to pass judgment
2 : to produce the components of spoken language

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Other Words from pronounce

pronounceability \ prə-​ˌnau̇n(t)-​sə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē \ noun
pronounceable \ prə-​ˈnau̇n(t)-​sə-​bəl \ adjective
pronouncer noun

Examples of pronounce in a Sentence

She practices pronouncing foreign words. I'm sorry. I can't pronounce your name. The priest pronounced a blessing on their home. The doctors pronounced him fit to go back to work. He was pronounced dead upon arrival at the hospital. Many senators are pronouncing in favor of the bill. The judge pronounced for the defendant.
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Recent Examples on the Web

Police said the woman was pronounced dead at the hospital. Ryan Gaydos, Fox News, "Former 'ER' actress Vanessa Marquez fatally shot during incident with officers: report," 31 Aug. 2018 The boy was pronounced dead at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, police said. Chicago Tribune,, "Boy, 16, fatally shot on the Northwest Side among four shot in drive-bys Saturday night," 14 July 2018 The victim, whose name was not released, was pronounced dead by a medic at 2:46 a.m., police said. Katherine Nails,, "1 dead, 6 shot in just more than an hour in Philly," 12 July 2018 Enrique Miranda, 71, of Royal Palm Beach, survived but Antonio Miranda, 39, of West Palm Beach, was pronounced dead at the hospital Tuesday, officials said. Wayne K. Roustan,, "Father and son struck by lightning, and only one would live," 11 July 2018 Gemino was pronounced dead at the scene, AZ Family said. Gabby Ferreira And Don Sweeney, sacbee, "She confessed to affair with 'better lover.' He beat her with a tire iron at Walmart, cops say," 9 July 2018 He was pronounced dead at the scene at 3:25 p.m., police said. David Owens,, "State Police Investigate Fatal Motorcycle Crash On Route 9 In New Britain," 8 July 2018 He was pronounced dead at the scene, Thompson said. Kaila White, azcentral, "Police: Man arrested on suspicion of murder in Phoenix street-racing crash," 7 July 2018 Kriener was pronounced dead while being taken to a clinic in Klawock, troopers said. Devin Kelly, Anchorage Daily News, "Man charged with manslaughter, DUI after girlfriend run over by truck on Prince of Wales Island," 4 July 2018

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First Known Use of pronounce

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for pronounce

Middle English, from Anglo-French pronuncier, from Latin pronuntiare, from pro- forth + nuntiare to report, from nuntius messenger — more at pro-

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English Language Learners Definition of pronounce

: to make the sound of (a word or letter) with your voice

: to say or speak (a word) correctly

: to say or announce (something) in an official or formal way


pro·​nounce | \ prə-ˈnau̇ns \
pronounced; pronouncing

Kids Definition of pronounce

1 : to use the voice to make the sounds of He practiced pronouncing Spanish words.
2 : to say correctly I can't pronounce your name.
3 : to state in an official or solemn way The judge pronounced sentence.

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