What does pronounce mean?

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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.

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. 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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    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. Tom Emrich:

    When you compare Google Glass to the fitness trackers, smart watches and other wearables, it’s easy to pronounce [it] as dead or not as successful.

  2. 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.

  3. Carl Jung:

    Thinking is difficult. Therefore, let the herd pronounce judgement.

  4. Samiya Williams:

    I see Samiya Williams in you, i appreciate that Samiya Williams have a name that people must take their time to pronounce. I appreciate the tight coils in Samiya Williams locs that rhyme with mine, in my braids. I am fueled knowing that the journey it took to get to this place has many similarities to the one I am on right now as a 16-year-old.

  5. Barbara Streisand:

    When Pat Buchanan thundered, and I quote, We stand with George Bush against the amoral idea that gay and lesbian couples should have the same standing in law as married men and women, I wondered: Who is Pat Buchanan to pronounce anybody's love invalid?

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