Definition of pronounce
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 nameb : 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
1 : to pass judgment
2 : to produce the components of spoken language
pronounceabilityplay \-ˌnau̇n(t)-sə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun
pronounceableplay \-ˈnau̇n(t)-sə-bəl\ adjective
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.
Recent Examples of pronounce from the Web
The motorcyclist was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
All three were taken to Stroger Hospital, where Hunter was pronounced dead.
Police said the Rev. Coleman was taken to University Hospital, where he was pronounced dead due to injuries received in the crash.
Russell was rushed to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Jackson was taken by ambulance to the Coosa Valley Medical Center Emergency Department, where he was pronounced dead.
Falling crop yields and labour productivity, and rising mortality and crime, are expected to be especially pronounced in America’s hot southern counties, where incomes are below the national average.
He was pronounced dead after being taken to hospital.
He was pronounced dead at the University of Kansas Hospital.
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PRONOUNCE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of pronounce for English Language Learners
: 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
PRONOUNCE Defined for Kids
Definition of pronounce for Students
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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