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[uh-nuhn-see-eyt] /əˈnʌn siˌeɪt/
verb (used with object), annunciated, annunciating.
to announce.
Origin of annunciate
1350-1400; < Medieval Latin annūnciātus, for Latin annūntiātus, past participle of annūntiāre to make known. See announce, -ate1
Related forms
annunciable, adjective
annunciative, annunciatory
[uh-nuhn-see-uh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /əˈnʌn si əˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/ (Show IPA),
unannunciable, adjective
unannunciative, adjective
Can be confused
annunciate, enunciate. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for annunciate
  • annunciate and display all alarm, supervisory, and trouble signals regardless of priority or order received.
  • For connection to alarm system, an alarm signaling device shall annunciate when backup air compressor is operating.
  • Mixed occupancy buildings require a fire alarm system that will annunciate a fire in one occupancy to the other occupancies.
  • Staff nurse call station to annunciate at nurse's station.
  • Audibly and visibly annunciate the alarm condition at the fire alarm control panel.
  • annunciate a tamper alarm when unauthorized changes to system database files are attempted.
British Dictionary definitions for annunciate


/əˈnʌnsɪˌeɪt; -ʃɪ-/
(transitive) a less common word for announce
Derived Forms
annunciation, noun
annunciative (əˈnʌnsɪətɪv; -ʃətɪv), annunciatory (əˈnʌnsɪətərɪ; -ʃə-) adjective
Word Origin
C16: from annunciātus, Medieval Latin misspelling of annuntiātus, past participle of Latin annuntiāre; see announce
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Word Origin and History for annunciate

1530s, from past participle adjective annunciate (late 14c.) or directly from Latin annunciatus, misspelling of annuntiatus, past participle of annuntiare (see announce). In some cases perhaps a back-formation from annunciation. Related: Annunciated; annunciating.

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