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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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Examples from the web for unannounced
  • Where there is a waitress instead of a butler, guests greet the hostess unannounced.
  • The guests, when they are ready to go in the drawing-room, approach the hostess unannounced.
  • Outsiders who show up unannounced and without referrals are met with mute stares.
  • Certified growers continue to receive annual inspections, both announced and unannounced.
  • Each took another unannounced test during the season.
  • Maybe they ventured unannounced into another gang's neighborhood.
  • He will also receive unannounced visits from the probation officer.
  • She always delivered it, unannounced and far too early, on weekends.
  • Al came to our house to check the heaters unannounced and on no particular schedule.
  • They provide hydra-headed vigilance, making it difficult for predators to creep up unannounced.
British Dictionary definitions for unannounced


not made known publicly or declared in advance: an unannounced visit


(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 unannounced

1775, from un- (1) "not" + past participle of 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.

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