Definition of pronounce
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>
3 a : 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 — Shakespeare>
1 : to pass judgment
2 : to produce the components of spoken language
pronounceabilityplay \-ˌnau̇n(t)-sə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun
pronounceableplay \-ˈnau̇n(t)-sə-bəl\ adjective
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.
Origin and Etymology of pronounce
Middle English, from Anglo-French pronuncier, from Latin pronuntiare, from pro- forth + nuntiare to report, from nuntius messenger — more at pro-
First Known Use: 14th century
PRONOUNCE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of pronounce for English Language Learners
: 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
PRONOUNCE Defined for Kids
Definition of pronounce for Students
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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