From Old French anoncier, from Latin annūntiāre, from ad + nūntiō (report, relate), from nūntius (messenger, bearer of news). See nuncio, and compare with annunciate.


  • (US) enPR: ə-nouns', IPA(key): /əˈnaʊns/
  • (UK) enPR: ə-nouns', IPA(key): /əˈnaʊns/; enPR: ă'nouns, IPA(key): /ˈæ.naʊns/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -aʊns


announce (third-person singular simple present announces, present participle announcing, simple past and past participle announced)

  1. (transitive) to give public notice, especially for the first time; to make known
    • c. 1780 William Gilpin, Observations, Relative Chiefly to Picturesque Beauty, Made in the Year 1776, on Several Parts of Great Britain
      Her [Queen Elizabeth’s] arrival was announced through the country by a peal of cannon from the ramparts.
    • 1927, F. E. Penny, chapter 4, in Pulling the Strings:
      Soon after the arrival of Mrs. Campbell, dinner was announced by Abboye. He came into the drawing room resplendent in his gold-and-white turban. […] His cummerbund matched the turban in gold lines.
    • 2013 June 8, “Obama goes troll-hunting”, in The Economist, volume 407, number 8839, page 55:
      The solitary, lumbering trolls of Scandinavian mythology would sometimes be turned to stone by exposure to sunlight. Barack Obama is hoping that several measures announced on June 4th will have a similarly paralysing effect on their modern incarnation, the patent troll.
    Synonyms: proclaim, publish, make known, herald, declare, promulgate
  2. (transitive) to pronounce; to declare by judicial sentence
    • c. 1718, Matthew Prior, First Hymn of Callimachus
      Publish laws, announce / Or life or death.
    Synonyms: abjudicate, judge



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