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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Troopers pronounced Tori Verba dead at the scene on Robinson Loop near Higher Ground Street around 5:43 p.m., according to an online dispatch. Anchorage Daily News, "13-year-old Sterling girl dies in ATV crash," 11 June 2019 First responders pronounced the boy dead at the scene. Gwendolyn Wu,, "Boy ejected from car dies in suspected DUI crash in San Jose," 6 June 2019 Stanford biologist Paul Ehrlich pronounced in his 1968 bestseller The Population Bomb. Dylan Matthews, Vox, "“The time of vasectomy”: how American foundations fueled a terrible atrocity in India," 5 June 2019 At the first break, commentators on Fox, CNN and MSNBC all pronounced Ford a credible witness. Howard Kurtz, Fox News, "Anguish vs. anger: Raw emotion rules as Ford, Kavanaugh press their cases," 28 Sep. 2018 And in 2016, the Americas was also pronounced to have eradicated endemic measles. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "Passengers on 4 Southwest Flights Possibly Exposed to Measles," 11 Sep. 2018 Medics and police responded about 7:20 p.m. to the child’s home in the 2100 block of South Daggett Street and medics pronounced the boy dead at 7:29 p.m., said Lt. Robert Moran,, "Police investigating death of boy, 6, in Southwest Philly," 12 July 2018 According to investigators, Ryan Smith, his wife Lora Smith, and their son Caleb were pronounced dead last week — days after their killings. Chris Harris,, "Father, 4-Year-Old Son Fatally Shot with Hunting Rifle — as Mom Is Chased to Her Death Off Ravine," 10 July 2018 According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol incident report, doctors pronounced 3-year-old Jared Jones dead at about 2:30 p.m. on July 9. Aaron Randle, kansascity, "Cass County boy dies after nearly drowning in Lake of the Ozarks," 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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