Recorded since c.1330 as Middle English pronouncen (“to utter, declare officially”), from Old French prononcier, from Latin prōnūntiō, itself from prō- (“forth, out, in public”) + nūntiō (“I announce”) from nūntius (“messenger”).
- (transitive) To declare formally, officially or ceremoniously.
- 1918, W[illiam] B[abington] Maxwell, chapter V, in The Mirror and the Lamp, Indianapolis, Ind.: The Bobbs-Merrill Company, →OCLC:
- Then everybody once more knelt, and soon the blessing was pronounced. The choir and the clergy trooped out slowly, […] , down the nave to the western door. […] At a seemingly immense distance the surpliced group stopped to say the last prayer.
- I hereby pronounce you man and wife.
- (transitive) To declare authoritatively, or as a formal expert opinion.
- The doctor pronounced them legally dead.
- 2020 December 16, Paul Clifton, “Investigation begins after death at Eastleigh depot”, in Rail, page 12:
- Paramedics attended, but he was pronounced dead at the scene.
- (intransitive) To pass judgment.
- The judge had pronounced often before, but never in front of such a crowd.
- (transitive) To sound out (a word or phrase); to articulate.
- 1869, Mark Twain, The Innocents Abroad, page 182:
- They spell it "Vinci" and pronounce it "Vinchy". Foreigners always spell better than they pronounce.
- 2007, Don DeLillo, Underworld: A Novel, New York, N.Y.: Scribner Classics, →ISBN, page 543:
- I wanted to look up velleity and quotidian and memorize the fuckers for all time, spell them, learn them, pronounce them syllable by syllable—vocalize, phonate, utter the sounds, say the words for all they're worth.
- (in passive) To sound like.
- 1997 January 31, Charles Hutzler, “Leader’s office hunt a lesson in arcana and parking problems”, in AP News, archived from the original on 2023-04-19:
- The Chinese believe feng shui, pronounced fung shway, can help blunt the ill effects to health and wealth brought on, for example, by the inauspicious jut of an adjacent building or hill.
- 2012, Endymion Wilkinson, “Introduction”, in Chinese History: A New Manual, 3rd revised edition, Harvard University Press, →ISBN, →LCCN, →OCLC, page 14:
- The DPRK (Joseon Minjujui Inmin Konghuaguk 朝鮮民主主義人民共和國) is read in Chinese as Chaoxian minzhu zhuyi renmin gonghe guo, and its capital, Pyeonyang, is pronounced Pingrang 平壤.
- (intransitive) To produce the components of speech.
- Actors must be able to pronounce perfectly or deliberately disabled.
- (transitive) To read aloud.
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to pronounce — see say
to declare officially
to pass judgment
to sound out (a word or phrase); to articulate
to produce the components of speech
to read aloud
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