verb (used with object), pronounced, pronouncing.
to enunciate or articulate (sounds, words, sentences, etc.).
to utter or sound in a particular manner in speaking: He pronounces his words indistinctly.
to utter or articulate in the accepted or correct manner: I can't pronounce this word.
to declare (a person or thing) to be as specified: She pronounced it the best salmon she had ever tasted.
to utter or deliver formally or solemnly: to pronounce sentence.
to announce authoritatively or officially: The judge pronounced the defendant guilty.
to indicate the pronunciation of (words) by providing a phonetic transcription: This dictionary pronounces most of the words entered.
verb (used without object), pronounced, pronouncing.
to pronounce words, phrases, etc.
to make a statement or assertion, especially an authoritative statement (often followed by on ): He was required to pronounce on the findings of his research.
to give an opinion or decision (usually followed by on ): to pronounce on an important matter.
to indicate the pronunciation of words: a spelling book that pronounces.

1300–50; Middle English pronouncen < Middle French prononcier < Latin prōnūntiāre to proclaim, announce, recite, utter. See pro-1, announce

pronounceable, adjective
pronounceableness, noun
pronouncer, noun
prepronounce, verb (used with object), prepronounced, prepronouncing.
unpronounceable, adjective
unpronouncing, adjective

announce, enunciate, pronounce (see synonym study at announce). Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To pronounce
World English Dictionary
pronounce (prəˈnaʊns)
1.  to utter or articulate (a sound or sequence of sounds)
2.  (tr) to utter or articulate (sounds or words) in the correct way
3.  (tr; may take a clause as object) to proclaim officially and solemnly: I now pronounce you man and wife
4.  (when tr, may take a clause as object) to declare as one's judgment: to pronounce the death sentence upon someone
5.  (tr) to make a phonetic transcription of (sounds or words)
[C14: from Latin prōnuntiāre to announce, from pro-1 + nuntiāre to announce]

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
Cite This Source
Word Origin & History

early 14c., "to utter, declare officially," from O.Fr. pronuncier (late 13c.), from L.L. pronunciare, from L. pronuntiare "to proclaim, announce, pronounce," from pro- "forth, out, in public" + nuntiare "announce," from nuntius "messenger" (see nuncio). With ref. to the mode
of sounding words or languages, it is attested from c.1620 (but cf. pronunciation in this sense early 15c.). Pronounced, with the fig. meaning "emphatic," first attested c.1730.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
Example sentences
The guide includes a form for listing difficult to pronounce names and words.
To lump all complementary cancer treatments into the same category and
  pronounce them useless is simple-minded.
Television reporters and newscasters usually pronounce these vowels, as do
  speakers in formal situations.
One would think that the affinities would pronounce themselves with a surer
Copyright © 2014, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature