pro·​nounced prə-ˈnau̇n(t)st How to pronounce pronounced (audio)
: strongly marked : decided
a pronounced dislike

Examples of pronounced in a Sentence

He walked with a pronounced limp. The symptoms of the disease have become steadily more pronounced.
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First Known Use

1728, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of pronounced was in 1728

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“Pronounced.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2023.

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pro·​nounced prə-ˈnau̇n(t)st How to pronounce pronounced (audio)
: very noticeable
walk with a pronounced limp

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