What does Pronounce mean?

Definitions for Pronounce

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. pronounce, articulate, enounce, sound out, enunciate, sayverb

    speak, pronounce, or utter in a certain way

    "She pronounces French words in a funny way"; "I cannot say `zip wire'"; "Can the child sound out this complicated word?"

  2. pronounce, label, judgeverb

    pronounce judgment on

    "They labeled him unfit to work here"


  1. pronounceverb

    To formally declare, officially or ceremoniously.

    I hereby pronounce you man and wife.

  2. pronounceverb

    To pass judgment.

    The judge pronounced often before, but never so widely press-attended

  3. pronounceverb

    To sound out (a) word(s).

  4. pronounceverb

    To produce the components of speech.

    Actors must be able to pronounce perfectly or deliberately disabled.

  5. pronounceverb

    To declare authoritatively, or as a formal expert opinion.

    The doctor pronounced them legally dead.

  6. pronounceverb

    To read aloud.

  7. Etymology: Recorded since c.1330, "to utter, declare officially", from pronuncier, from pronuntio, itself from pro + nuntio from nuntius.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To PRONOUNCEverb

    Etymology: prononcer, Fr. pronuncio, Lat.

    He pronounced all these words unto me with his mouth. Jer. xxxvi. 18.

    So good a lady, that no tongue could ever
    Pronounce dishonour of her. William Shakespeare, Henry VIII.

    I have pronounced the word, saith the Lord. Jer. xxxiv. 5.

    So was his will
    Pronounc’d among the gods. John Milton.

    Sternly he pronounc’d the rigid interdiction. John Milton.

    The pronouncing of sentence of death is the office of inferior magistrates. John Locke.

    Absalom pronounced a sentence of death against his brother. John Locke.

    Language of man pronounc’d
    By tongue of brute, and human sense express’d. John Milton.

    Though diversity of tongues continue, this would render the pronouncing them easier. William Holder.

  2. To Pronounceverb

    To speak with confidence or authority.

    How confidently soever men pronounce of themselves, and believe that they are then most pious, when they are most eager and unquiet; yet ’tis sure this is far removed from the true genius of religion. Decay of Piety.

    Every fool may believe, and pronounce confidently; but wise men will, in matters of discourse, conclude firmly, and in matters of fact, act surely. Robert South, Sermons.


  1. pronounce

    To pronounce is to make the sound of a word or letter in the correct or a particular way. It can also mean to formally declare or announce something, typically in a solemn or official manner.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Pronounceverb

    to utter articulately; to speak out or distinctly; to utter, as words or syllables; to speak with the proper sound and accent as, adults rarely learn to pronounce a foreign language correctly

  2. Pronounceverb

    to utter officially or solemnly; to deliver, as a decree or sentence; as, to pronounce sentence of death

  3. Pronounceverb

    to speak or utter rhetorically; to deliver; to recite; as, to pronounce an oration

  4. Pronounceverb

    to declare or affirm; as, he pronounced the book to be a libel; he pronounced the act to be a fraud

  5. Pronounceverb

    to give a pronunciation; to articulate; as, to pronounce faultlessly

  6. Pronounceverb

    to make declaration; to utter on opinion; to speak with confidence

  7. Pronouncenoun

    pronouncement; declaration; pronunciation

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Pronounce

    prō-nowns′, v.t. to make known by speaking: to utter with the proper sound and accent: to speak distinctly: to utter formally: to utter rhetorically: to declare.—v.i. to utter confidently: to utter words.—adjs. Pronounce′able, capable of being pronounced; Pronounced′, marked with emphasis: marked.—adv. Pronoun′cedly.—ns. Pronounce′ment, act of pronouncing: an announcement or proclamation; Pronoun′cer.—adjs. Pronoun′cing, Pronun′cial, giving or marking pronunciation.—n. Pronunciā′tion, act or mode of pronouncing: art of speaking distinctly and correctly: utterance. [Fr. prononcer—L. pronuntiārepro, forth, nunciāre, to announce—nuntius, a messenger.]

Editors Contribution

  1. pronounceadjective


    Submitted by tiyil32178 on October 14, 2022  

  2. pronounce

    To speak a word using sound

    Children learn easily the alphabet and words when they know how to pronounce the word

    Submitted by MaryC on April 22, 2021  

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  1. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Pronounce' in Verbs Frequency: #1019

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Pronounce in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Pronounce in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of Pronounce in a Sentence

  1. Vanessa Ruiz of 12:

    Some of you may have noticed that I pronounce things a little differently than what you are used to, ...And I know that change can be difficult, but it's normal and over time I know that everything falls into place.

  2. Fadwa Tlaib:

    Even though people still may not understand my faith, I expose it in such an impactful way through public service, people still cannot pronounce my name, but they remember the things that I do for them.

  3. John A. Rassias:

    Language study is a route to maturity. Indeed, in language study as in life, if a person is the same today as he was yesterday, it would be an act of mercy to pronounce him dead and to place him in a coffin, rather than in a classroom.

  4. Fadwa Tlaib:

    People still cannot pronounce my name, but they remember the things that I do for them.

  5. Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi:

    I'm the new kid on the block in this relationship. They've been there, now they get a new DG, so we have to sit down together, start talking and take it from there, let me start my conversation with Iran. I don't think it would be appropriate, and it would be unfair, to pronounce myself about their attitudes before I sit down with them.

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