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

He was pronounced deceased upon the arrival of paramedics and sheriff’s deputies. Jim Newton, Lake County News-Sun, "Man dies in Antioch Township crash Friday; second motorcycle death in Lake County this week," 13 July 2018 He was pronounced dead at Eskenazi Hospital Wednesday afternoon. Holly V. Hays, Indianapolis Star, "Police: Man shot overnight on north side dies at hospital," 11 July 2018 When officials arrived at the complex, Devonte had been shot; he was later pronounced dead at a local hospital. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "A Man Allegedly Shot and Killed a Teen for Setting Off Fireworks on July 4th," 8 July 2018 She was pronounced dead a short time later by an Aetna Ambulance paramedic. David Owens,, "Police Investigate Death Of Woman Found On Wethersfield Avenue," 7 July 2018 He was pronounced dead at 6:32 p.m., about 15 minutes after the lethal dose started. Time, "Houston's 'Ice Pick Killer' Executed in Texas for 1979 Rape and Murder," 29 June 2018 He was pronounced dead at 6:32 p.m., about 15 minutes after the lethal dose started. NBC News, "Texas executes convicted killer whose attorneys proposed firing squad," 28 June 2018 He was pronounced dead at 6:32 p.m., about 15 minutes after the lethal dose started. CBS News, "Texas executes Danny Paul Bible for 1979 rape, murder in Houston," 28 June 2018 Covered with bruises and having suffered catastrophic internal bleeding, he was pronounced dead at a hospital. Yoshiaki Nohara,, "In One of the World’s Richest Countries, Most Single Mothers Live in Poverty," 24 June 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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