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
3a : to employ the organs of speech to produce pronounce these words; especially : to say correctly I can't pronounce his nameb : 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
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.
Recent Examples of pronounce from the Web
She was pronounced dead at 8:41 p.m. Tuesday at John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth.
Here are five things to know about Mnuchin (pronounced mi-new-chin): 1.
Ashanti Walden, 25, of the 2100 block of Ellsworth Place, was pronounced dead at 11:45 p.m. after being found with a gunshot wound at 4806 Alexander in East Chicago at about 11 p.m., the coroner's office said.
King said the impact becomes pronounced over the long term.
Four years later, Dhooghe (pronounced DOO-gie), now 18 and still only 5-foot-3, has not been knocked off his stride.
Fransico Morales, 31, of Shepherdsville, was pronounced dead at the scene in his 2015 Volkswagen, Oldham County officials said.
To onlookers without any stake in the company, Uber’s troubles have been so pronounced as to seem, at times, darkly funny.
Reginald Parks, of Northeast, was struck multiple times and pronounced dead at a hospital shortly after the shooting, which occurred about 10:20 a.m. in the 300 block of 54th Street NE.
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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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