pro·​nounce | \ prə-ˈnau̇n(t)s How to pronounce pronounce (audio) \
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 How to pronounce pronounceability (audio) \ noun
pronounceable \ prə-​ˈnau̇n(t)-​sə-​bəl How to pronounce pronounceable (audio) \ 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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He was taken to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Kathleen Joyce, Fox News, "Dallas cop fatally shoots neighbor in apartment she mistakes for her own, police say," 2 Oct. 2018 State Police spokesman David Procopio confirmed that the 26-year-old was taken to Cape Cod Hospital in Hyannis, where he was pronounced dead. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "A Man Died After Being Attacked By a Shark on a Cape Cod Beach," 16 Sep. 2018 Minder was taken to North Cypress Hospital where he was pronounced dead. Mike Glenn, Houston Chronicle, "Sheriff’s detectives and victim’s family seek clues in 2015 cold case murder," 3 July 2018 Watch as two tasters try to pass the Master Cicerone (which is pronounced nothing like the Spanish word for pork rinds and more like the sea-sir-own). James Lynch, Popular Mechanics, "We Made a Beer Documentary and You Can Pre-Order It Now," 27 Feb. 2019 Henry Winkler wants to hug Timmy, can't pronounce his name! Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "This Week in Timothée Chalamet, February 22 Edition," 22 Feb. 2019 Musician and, well, renaissance man Pharrell Williams always knows exactly how to make getting dressed for an average day go from practical to pronounced. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "Pharrell Williams and Helen Lasichanh Are Couple Goals in Matching Sacai Puffers and Uggs," 19 Dec. 2018 He was pronounced dead at 12:18 a.m. The medical examiner hasn’t determined an official cause of death. Zolan Kanno-youngs, WSJ, "HQ Trivia Co-Founder Dies of Apparent Drug Overdose," 16 Dec. 2018 Officers found the 25-year-old victim and he was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the statement. Andres Picon,, "Groton man dies in motorcycle crash," 9 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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The first known use of pronounce was in the 14th century

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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 How to pronounce pronounce (audio) \
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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