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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Recent Examples on the Web The infant was pronounced dead at the scene, according to police. Christopher Roth, azcentral, "Phoenix couple face abuse charges after baby dies, 2 other children have head injuries," 8 Jan. 2020 Isaac Gill, 6, of Columbia, was pronounced dead Monday at Howard County General Hospital, news outlets reported. Washington Post, "Boy, 6, dies after being hit by car in crosswalk in Maryland," 7 Jan. 2020 Feng, of Flushing, New York, was pronounced dead at the scene. Amir Vera, CNN, "3 of the 5 people killed in the Pennsylvania Turnpike crash were ejected from vehicles, police say," 6 Jan. 2020 Coffey was pronounced dead at the scene, according to state police. Billy Kobin, The Courier-Journal, "1 person killed, 8 injured in a crash on Interstate 65 in Kentucky," 4 Jan. 2020 One man in his 20s was pronounced dead at the scene. NBC News, "1 dead, at least 2 injured in 'stabbing incident' in Austin, Texas," 3 Jan. 2020 The deceased victim, a man in his 20s, was pronounced dead at the scene. Omar Villafranca, CBS News, "1 dead, 3 injured after stabbings in Austin, Texas," 3 Jan. 2020 Paramedics rushed to the scene and pronounced the man dead. Jay R. Jordan, Houston Chronicle, "Man found dead next to trail of blood near Crosby, police say," 31 Dec. 2019 All three were rushed to hospitals and pronounced dead. Fox News, "Massachusetts woman, kids killed in apparent Boston 'murder-suicide' identified," 27 Dec. 2019

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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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13 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Pronounce.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 23 January 2020.

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How to pronounce pronounce (audio)

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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