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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The man was taken to Beverly Hospital and pronounced dead, police said. Alyssa Lukpat,, "Beverly man, 23, drowns in Hamilton pond," 10 July 2019 Tarver was taken by private vehicle to the hospital but was pronounced dead upon arrival. Carol Robinson |,, "26-year-old sentenced to life in 2016 Selma killing during card game," 9 July 2019 Al-Amin was taken to the hospital but was pronounced dead at 2:05 a.m. Adams had just been released from the Arizona State Prison Complex in Yuma on Tuesday, according to the Arizona Department of Corrections. P. Kim Bui, azcentral, "Elijah Al-Amin remembered as giving, with big dreams for his future," 9 July 2019 The shooting victim, who has not been identified, was taken to a hospital for treatment and was later pronounced dead. Kirk Mitchell, The Denver Post, "Early-morning shooting in southwest Denver leaves one man dead," 5 July 2019 He was taken to an area hospital and was pronounced dead, officials said. Loyd Brumfield, Dallas News, "Boy drowns while swimming in Lavon Lake in Collin County," 5 July 2019 The 18-year-old was taken to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn and pronounced dead, police said. Alice Yin,, "‘Go inside; they’re shooting’: Man, 18, killed in West Lawn alley," 30 June 2019 He was taken to Longmont United Hospital and pronounced dead there at about 10:45 a.m., according to Wederquist. Charlie Brennan, The Mercury News, "Fourth skydiving death at Colorado airport in less than a year under investigation," 29 June 2019 The wounded driver, an adult man, was taken to a hospital, and Pittman was pronounced dead at the scene. Emily Lane,, "17-year-old girl found shot dead in truck on Saturday ID’s by New Orleans coroner," 24 June 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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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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