Definition of pronounce in English:

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pronounce

Pronunciation: /prəˈnouns/

verb

[with object]
1Make the sound of (a word or part of a word), typically in the correct or a particular way: Gerry pronounced the hero’s name “Cahoolin” a refugee whose name no one could pronounce
More example sentences
  • Her tiny lips moved carefully as she attempted to sound out and then pronounce the difficult words.
  • Along with this, the user can also get to hear the way a letter or a word is correctly pronounced.
  • The only other solution is for foreigners to pronounce words correctly.
Synonyms
say, enunciate, articulate, utter, voice, sound, vocalize, get one's tongue around
2Declare or announce, typically formally or solemnly: allow history to pronounce the verdict [with complement]: she was pronounced dead at the scene [with clause]: the doctors pronounced that he would never improve
More example sentences
  • They were examined by a doctor but were pronounced dead at the scene.
  • A doctor who pronounced the man dead believes the cause of death was asphyxiation.
  • However, the Ukrainian was pronounced dead at the scene by a doctor.
Synonyms
announce, proclaim, declare, affirm, assert;
judge, rule, decree
2.1 [no object] (pronounce on) Pass judgment or make a decision on: the secretary of state will shortly pronounce on alternative measures
More example sentences
  • Normally appellate judges pronounce on issues of law (for instance, wrong instructions given by the trial judge to the jury).
  • The same principle requires us to pronounce on the validity of executive action when it is challenged.
  • The absence of an economic aspect to the case at hand, therefore, also precluded the Court from pronouncing on the application of Article 10 of the Convention.

Derivatives

pronounceability

Pronunciation: /prəˌnounsəˈbilətē/
noun
Example sentences
  • Initially the proposal was to include all the counties of north Wales in a county to be called Gwynedd, a name acceptable because of its ‘historical associations as well as shortness and pronounceability’.

pronounceable

Pronunciation: /prəˈnounsəbəl/
adjective
Example sentences
  • It's a bit of a mouthful, and it doesn't form a pronounceable acronym, but there isn't a professional golfer out there who doesn't appreciate the weight that particular cluster of letters can carry.
  • As a matter of priority they were given Bulgarian names, with the proviso that they should be pronounceable by family and friends in Scotland.
  • Even made-up brand names need to look like words and need to be pronounceable, so this is particularly accurate.

pronouncer

noun
Example sentences
  • In actual fact, most spellers have advance knowledge of every word that head pronouncer Stephanie Stuart-Vanderburg will throw their way.

Origin

Late Middle English: from Old French pronuncier, from Latin pronuntiare, from pro- 'out, forth' + nuntiare 'announce' (from nuntius 'messenger').

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  • announce from Late Middle English:

    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 pronounce

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

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: pro·nounce

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