Definitions for: Pronounce


[v] pronounce judgment on; "They labeled him unfit to work here"
[v] 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?"



Webster (1913) Definition: Pro*nounce", v. t. [imp. & p. p. Pronounced; p.
pr. & vb. n. Pronounging.] [F. prononcer, L. pronunciare;
pro before, forth + nunciare, nuntiare, to announce. See
Announce.]
1. 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. To utter officially or solemnly; to deliver, as a decree
or sentence; as, to pronounce sentence of death.

Sternly he pronounced The rigid interdiction.
--Milton.

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

Speak the speech, I pray you, as I pronounced it to
you. --Shak.

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

The God who hallowed thee and blessed, Pronouncing
thee all good. --Keble.

Syn: To deliver; utter; speak. See Deliver.


Pro*nounce", v. i.
1. To give a pronunciation; to articulate; as, to pronounce
faultlessly. --Earle.

2. To make declaration; to utter on opinion; to speak with
confidence. [R.] --Dr. H. More.


Pro*nounce", n.
Pronouncement; declaration; pronunciation. [Obs.] --Milton.

Synonyms: articulate, enounce, enunciate, judge, label, say, sound out

See Also: accent, accentuate, acquit, adjudge, aspirate, assoil, clear, click, convict, declare, devoice, discharge, disqualify, drawl, exculpate, exonerate, explode, find, flap, hold, intonate, intone, labialise, labialize, lilt, lisp, mispronounce, mouth, nasalise, nasalize, palatalise, palatalize, qualify, raise, retroflex, roll, round, rule, sibilate, sound, speak, stress, subvocalise, subvocalize, syllabise, syllabize, talk, tout, trill, twang, utter, verbalise, verbalize, vocalise, vocalize, voice, vowelise, vowelize

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