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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After Fosse In 1987, at the age of 60, Fosse collapsed in Washington D.C. and was later pronounced dead from a heart attack. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "The True Story of Bob Fosse and Gwen Verdon's Relationship," 17 Apr. 2019 Timothy Erjavac, 47, was extricated from his race car and transported by ambulance to Kishwaukee Hospital in DeKalb, where he was later pronounced dead, according to a news release issued by Kane County Sheriff's Department. Linda Girardi, Aurora Beacon-News, "Morton Grove race car driver killed in Sycamore Speedway crash," 14 July 2018 After a brief struggle, at least one of the suspects fired at the rapper, who was later pronounced dead at a hospital. Joe Coscarelli, New York Times, "Second Suspect Arrested in Killing of Rapper XXXTentacion," 11 July 2018 Rescue crews were able to pull him from the water and rush him to UMass Medical Center, but he was later pronounced dead on Thursday morning. Manoella Macedo, ajc, "Several drownings in same week raise water safety concerns," 9 July 2018 In what could be the eighth drowning in the last week in Massachusetts, a 2-year-old boy was pulled from a pool in Lynn Friday evening and later pronounced dead at a hospital, authorities said. Danny Mcdonald And Jackson Cote,, "2-year-old boy pulled from Lynn pool pronounced dead at hospital," 7 July 2018 An officer scaled the security fence, pulled the victim from the water and began performing CPR, but the victim was later pronounced dead at Franciscan Health Olympia Fields in Olympia Fields, according to the release. Matthew Walberg, Daily Southtown, "Police investigating death of 10-year-old boy found early this morning in Park Forest's village pool," 3 July 2018 He was pronounced dead at the scene a short time later. Kaitlyn Schwers, kansascity, "They were arguing over a woman — then one started shooting, Missouri cops say," 20 June 2018 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

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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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