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[uh-nouns] /əˈnaʊns/
verb (used with object), announced, announcing.
to make known publicly or officially; proclaim; give notice of:
to announce a special sale.
to state the approach or presence of:
to announce guests; to announce dinner.
to make known to the mind or senses.
to serve as an announcer of:
The mayor announced the program.
to state; declare.
to state in advance; declare beforehand.
to write, or have printed, and send a formal declaration of an event, especially a social event, as a wedding.
verb (used without object), announced, announcing.
to be employed or serve as an announcer, especially of a radio or television broadcast:
She announces for the local radio station.
to declare one's candidacy, as for a political office (usually followed by for):
We are hoping that he will announce for governor.
Origin of announce
1490-1500; < Middle French anoncer < Latin annūntiāre, equivalent to an- an-2 + nūntiāre to announce, derivative of nūntius messenger
Related forms
announceable, adjective
preannounce, verb (used with object), preannounced, preannouncing.
reannounce, verb (used with object), reannounced, reannouncing.
unannounced, adjective
well-announced, adjective
Can be confused
announce, enunciate, pronounce (see synonym study at the current entry)
1. declare, report, promulgate. Announce, proclaim, publish mean to communicate something in a formal or public way. To announce is to give out news, often of something expected in the future: to announce a lecture series. To proclaim is to make a widespread and general announcement of something of public interest: to proclaim a holiday. To publish is to make public in an official way, now especially by printing: to publish a book. Unabridged
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  • Ministers contradict each other and announce things that come as a surprise to the firms they affect.
British Dictionary definitions for announce


(transitive; may take a clause as object) to make known publicly; proclaim
(transitive) to declare the arrival of: to announce a guest
(transitive; may take a clause as object) to reveal to the mind or senses; presage: the dark clouds announced rain
(intransitive) to work as an announcer, as on radio or television
(US) to make known (one's intention to run as a candidate): to announce for the presidency
Word Origin
C15: from Old French anoncer, from Latin annuntiāre, from nuntius messenger
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Word Origin and History for announce

c.1500, "proclaim, make known," from Old French anoncier "announce, proclaim" (12c., Modern French annoncer), from Latin annuntiare, adnuntiare "to announce, relate," literally "to bring news," from ad- "to" (see ad-) + nuntiare "relate, report," from nuntius "messenger" (see nuncio). Related: Announced; announcing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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