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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This dynamic is pronounced during midterm elections, without a presidential race in the mix. Ella Nilsen, Vox, "Young people say they plan to vote at near-historic highs," 6 Nov. 2018 As with the Surface Pro 6, Microsoft has separated business and consumer customers, but the difference is more pronounced with the Surface Laptop. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Hands on with the Microsoft Surface Laptop 2: Still a great laptop, now without Windows 10 S," 3 Oct. 2018 Neal Hore-anne How it's actually pronounced: Nye-ull Hore-in 6. Stacey Grant, Seventeen, "15 Celeb Names You're Totally Pronouncing Wrong," 17 Sep. 2018 The sweet four-year-old, who recently pronounced her undying love for Coldplay frontman Chris Martin, was captured in the photo with a copy of the Student’s Dictionary on her lap. Megan Stein, Country Living, "Kelly Clarkson's Daughter Was Caught Reading the Most Surprising Book During a Family Road Trip," 4 Sep. 2018 Paramedics responded to the 7100 block of South Chappel Avenue shortly after 5:30 p.m. and took the victim, an adult male, to Jackson Park Hospital, where he will be pronounced dead, said Larry Merritt, a fire department spokesman. Rosemary Sobol,, "Officials: Man dead after police-involved shooting in South Shore," 14 July 2018 The lopsided split is especially pronounced given how low the official unemployment rate has sunk. Patricia Cohen,, "Paychecks lag as profits soar, and prices erode wage gains," 14 July 2018 The lopsided split is especially pronounced given how low the official unemployment rate has sunk. Patricia Cohen, New York Times, "Paychecks Lag as Profits Soar, and Prices Erode Wage Gains," 13 July 2018 After surgery, Thompson was taken to an intensive care unit, where he was pronounced dead Thursday morning. Lavendrick Smith, charlotteobserver, "A Mecklenburg County inmate died. It’s the jail’s fourth death in two months.," 12 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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