Definition of announce in English:

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Pronunciation: /əˈnouns/


[reporting verb]
1Make a public and typically formal declaration about a fact, occurrence, or intention: [with clause]: the president’s office announced that the state of siege would be lifted [with object]: he announced his retirement from football [with direct speech]: “I have a confession to make,” she announced
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  • This is his fifth and final World Cup, as he has announced his retirement and intention to spend more time with family.
  • Confirmation of this fact was announced by the Minister for Communications, Marine and Natural Resources.
  • When the Crown Office announced the move, its statement failed to declare the men's innocence.
make public, make known, report, declare, divulge, state, give out, notify, publicize, broadcast, publish, advertise, circulate, proclaim, blazon
1.1 [with object] Make known: storms came announced by long wisps that lashed out from a snow cloud’s body she heard the traditional strains of music announcing her arrival in the church
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  • The first step toward failure is to announce to the world that you will drive your current customers to the web to the exclusion of all other channels.
  • One party would announce an expensive fix-all policy that would be so complex and politically contested as to influence no-one, in and of itself.
  • ‘I feel deep sorrow and regret to announce the failure of the efforts we have exerted to end the crisis in Iraq peacefully,’ he said.
1.2 [with object] Give information about (transportation) in a station or airport via a public address system: they were announcing her train
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  • Normally this happens at a regional airport after they've announced your flight has been delayed for a few hours.
  • Even though the speaker system was obviously working so well, the destination station was not announced.
  • They announce the next station, and the train begins to slow down.
signal, indicate, give notice of, herald, proclaim
literary betoken
1.3 [with object] Make known the arrival or imminence of (a guest or a meal) at a formal social occasion: dinner was announced
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  • The butler announced the arrival of the Archers' dinner guests for that evening.
  • We're going to be announcing some special guests - is that enough of a clue?
  • Today, for example, I had to announce a guest conductor - the esteemed Henry Chas.
introduce, present, name


Late 15th century: from French annoncer, from Latin annuntiare, from ad- 'to' + nuntiare 'declare, announce' (from nuntius 'messenger').

  • The base of announce is Latin nuntius ‘messenger’ (also the base of nuncio (early 16th century) a papal ambassador). From the same root come annunciation (Middle English) ‘act of announcing’; denounce (Middle English) with de- having a negative sense; pronounce (Late Middle English) from pro- ‘out, forth’; renounce (Late Middle English) from re- (expressing reversal); and enunciate (mid 16th century) ‘announce clearly’ from e- (a variant of ex-) ‘out’.

Words that rhyme with announce

bounce, denounce, flounce, fluid ounce, jounce, mispronounce, ounce, pounce, pronounce, renounce, trounce

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Syllabification: an·nounce

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