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 little girl was later pronounced dead at Flushing Hospital. Melanie Grayce West, WSJ, "NYPD Investigators Question Mother After Her 1-Year-Old Is Found Dead," 4 Oct. 2018 The passenger, Jennifer Riordan, was later pronounced dead. Michael Bartiromo, Fox News, "Pickup truck collides with Southwest plane at Baltimore airport," 2 Oct. 2018 The 48-year-old man driving the Prius and his 18-year-old passenger were pronounced dead at the scene, where sheriff’s deputies and the Harvard Fire Protection District responded. Amanda Marrazzo,, "Teen, man dead after semi crash in McHenry County," 13 July 2018 Smalls was pronounced dead at the scene in what was the city’s 13th homicide of the year. Ruth Bruno,, "Hartford Police Arrest Suspects In March, June Homicides," 11 July 2018 The 20-year-old rising star was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital later that afternoon. Jayme Deerwester, USA TODAY, "XXXTentacion murder: Second gunman arrested in shooting death of Fla. rapper," 11 July 2018 The driver of the Ford was pronounced dead at the scene. Adam Sennott,, "Driver killed in crash on I-90 in Grafton," 11 July 2018 The Ford driver, who hasn’t been identified, was pronounced dead at the scene. Samantha Ketterer, Houston Chronicle, "Man dead in north Harris County crash," 10 July 2018 All these artists were painters—a radical change from the minimalism Boone had embraced early on, in a period when painting had been pronounced dead. Town & Country, "Mary Boone Is Taking a Break," 18 Apr. 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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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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