pronounce

verb pro·nounce \ prə-ˈnau̇n(t)s \
Updated on: 10 Dec 2017

Definition of pronounce

pronounced; pronouncing
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
3 a : 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

pronounceability

play \prə-ˌnau̇n(t)-sə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun

pronounceable

play \prə-ˈnau̇n(t)-sə-bəl\ adjective

pronouncer

noun

Examples of pronounce in a Sentence

  1. She practices pronouncing foreign words.

  2. I'm sorry. I can't pronounce your name.

  3. The priest pronounced a blessing on their home.

  4. The doctors pronounced him fit to go back to work.

  5. He was pronounced dead upon arrival at the hospital.

  6. Many senators are pronouncing in favor of the bill.

  7. The judge pronounced for the defendant.

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Origin and Etymology of pronounce

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



PRONOUNCE Defined for English Language Learners

pronounce

verb

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

pronounce

verb pro·nounce \ prə-ˈnau̇ns \

Definition of pronounce for Students

pronounced; pronouncing
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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