Definition of enunciate in English:

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Pronunciation: /əˈnənsēˌāt/


[with object]
1Say or pronounce clearly: she enunciated each word slowly
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  • Also, she speaks rather more slowly, enunciating her words very clearly as if I am finding them difficult to understand.
  • ‘Let me finish, Alex,’ she spoke, enunciating each word clearly.
  • Taking a deep breath to steady herself, Sammy tried again, this time speaking slowly and trying to enunciate her words carefully.
pronounce, articulate;
say, speak, utter, voice, vocalize, sound
1.1Express (a proposition or theory) in clear or definite terms: a written document enunciating this policy
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  • This proposition is enunciated in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and the implementation of these rights is reduced to treaty form in a series of covenants of various rights subscribed to by most of the nations of the world.
  • This skepticism emerged after Arthur Schopenhauer enunciated his theory on truth and meaning, a concept that was immediately approved and enlarged upon by Nietzsche.
  • I should have thought that any jury or any person to whom that proposition is enunciated would say, ‘When may that be the case?’
express, state, put into words, declare, profess, set forth, assert, affirm;
put forward, air, proclaim
1.2Proclaim: a prophet enunciating the Lord’s wisdom



Pronunciation: /ēˌnənsēˈāSHən/ Pronunciation: /əˌnənsēˈāSHən/
Example sentences
  • The student, standing up, would have the next minute to say the poem, with perfect pronunciation and enunciation, without mistake or face the prospect of laps.
  • So wouldn't it be nice if all teachers were tested to demonstrate their competency in English enunciation and pronunciation so they could pass it on to their charges.
  • The training must include intense and particular attention to pronunciation, intonation and enunciation.


Pronunciation: /ēˈnənsēədiv/ Pronunciation: /əˈnənsēədiv/ Pronunciation: /ēˈnənsēˌādiv/ Pronunciation: /əˈnənsēˌādiv/
Example sentences
  • What I would say is that he has lost the enunciative function with respect to what is news and how it is shown.
  • He stares at the camera, neither smiling nor frowning, a flaccid ageing man who, like the worst of the abuses of enunciative function, fails to speak - either confessionally or as insane - its own evil.
  • Once, when two passed into many, a shifting ruse claimed heritage, when clandestine revolution offered a way to dwell in enunciative loveliness, liquid, accelerated speech.


Pronunciation: /əˈnənsēˌādər/
Example sentences
  • In his own way, he is the best lyricist, alliterator and enunciator out there in hip-hop music.
  • The truth is that the enunciators of the floating island theory have failed to face very obvious possibilities that make the doctrine quite impracticable when tested by the actualities of life on board ship and ashore.
  • In some communions the clergy are the sole enunciators of Scripture.


Mid 16th century (as enunciation): from Latin enuntiat- 'announced clearly', from the verb enuntiare, from e- (variant of ex-) 'out' + nuntiare 'announce' (from nuntius 'messenger').

  • 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 enunciate


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Syllabification: e·nun·ci·ate

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