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pronounce

Line breaks: pro|nounce
Pronunciation: /prəˈnaʊns
 
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Definition of pronounce in English:

verb

[with object]
1Make the sound of (a word or part of a word) in the correct or a particular way: Gerry pronounced the hero’s name ‘Cahoolin’
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
2Declare or announce in a formal or solemn way: allow history to pronounce the verdict [with complement]: she was pronounced dead at the scene [with clause]: Asquith pronounced that this was the right course
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, rule, decree, ordain, adjudicate, lay down, affirm, assert, state, judge
2.1 [no object] (pronounce on) Pass judgement 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.

Origin

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

More
  • 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’.

Derivatives

pronounceability

1
Pronunciation: /-səˈbɪlɪti/
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

2
Pronunciation: /-səb(ə)l/
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

3
noun
Example sentences
  • In actual fact, most spellers have advance knowledge of every word that head pronouncer Stephanie Stuart-Vanderburg will throw their way.

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