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[ih-nuhn-see-eyt] /ɪˈnʌn siˌeɪt/
verb (used with object), enunciated, enunciating.
to utter or pronounce (words, sentences, etc.), especially in an articulate or a particular manner:
He enunciates his words distinctly.
to state or declare definitely, as a theory.
to announce or proclaim:
to enunciate one's intentions.
verb (used without object), enunciated, enunciating.
to pronounce words, especially in an articulate or a particular manner.
Origin of enunciate
1615-25; < Latin ēnūntiātus (past participle of ēnūntiāre), equivalent to ē- e-1 + nūnti(us) messenger, message + -ātus -ate1
Related forms
enunciable, adjective
enunciability, noun
enunciative, enunciatory, adjective
enunciatively, adverb
enunciator, noun
nonenunciative, adjective
nonenunciatory, adjective
reenunciate, verb, reenunciated, reenunciating.
unenunciable, adjective
unenunciated, adjective
unenunciative, adjective
Can be confused
announce, enunciate, pronounce (see synonym study at announce)
annunciate, enunciate. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • She looked puzzled for a moment, then slipped in her enunciator.

    Uller Uprising Henry Beam Piper, John D. Clark and John F. Carr
British Dictionary definitions for enunciator


to articulate or pronounce (words), esp clearly and distinctly
(transitive) to state precisely or formally
Derived Forms
enunciation, noun
enunciative, enunciatory, adjective
enunciatively, adverb
enunciator, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin ēnuntiāre to declare, from nuntiāre to announce, from nuntius messenger
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Word Origin and History for enunciator



1620s, "declare, express," from Latin enuntiatus, past participle of enuntiare "speak out, say, express, assert; divulge, disclose, reveal, betray," from ex- "out" (see ex-) + nuntiare "to announce" (see nuncio). Or perhaps a back-formation from enunciation. Meaning "to articulate, pronounce" is from 1759. Related: Enunciated; enunciating.

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