Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To use the organs of speech to make heard (a word or speech sound); utter.
  • intransitive verb To say clearly, correctly, or in a given manner.
  • intransitive verb To represent (a word) in phonetic symbols.
  • intransitive verb To declare officially or formally.
  • intransitive verb To say words; speak.
  • intransitive verb To declare one's opinion; make a pronouncement.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Pronunciation; declaration.
  • To declare; make known; announce; proclaim.
  • To form or articulate by the organs of speech; utter articulately; speak; utter; specifically, to give a word its due recognized sound in uttering it.
  • To utter formally, officially, or solemnly.
  • To speak or utter rhetorically; deliver: as, to pronounce an oration.
  • To declare or affirm.
  • Synonyms Enunciate, Deliver, etc. See utter.
  • To speak with confidence or authority; make declaration; utter an opinion; declare one's self.
  • To utter words; specifically, to articulate words correctly.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • intransitive verb To give a pronunciation; to articulate.
  • intransitive verb rare To make declaration; to utter on opinion; to speak with confidence.
  • noun obsolete Pronouncement; declaration; pronunciation.
  • transitive verb To utter articulately; to speak out or distinctly; to utter, as words or syllables; to speak with the proper sound and accent .
  • transitive verb To utter officially or solemnly; to deliver, as a decree or sentence.
  • transitive verb To speak or utter rhetorically; to deliver; to recite.
  • transitive verb To declare or affirm

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb transitive To formally declare, officially or ceremoniously.
  • verb intransitive To pass judgment.
  • verb transitive To sound out (a) word(s).
  • verb intransitive To produce the components of speech.
  • verb transitive To declare authoritatively, or as a formal expert opinion.
  • verb transitive To read aloud.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb speak, pronounce, or utter in a certain way
  • verb pronounce judgment on

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English pronouncen, from Old French prononcier, from Latin prōnūntiāre : prō-, forth; see pro– + nūntiāre, to announce (from nūntius, messenger; see neu- in Indo-European roots).]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Recorded since c.1330, "to utter, declare officially", from Old French pronuncier, from Latin prōnūntiō, itself from prō- ("forth, out, in public") + nūntiō ("I announce") from nūntius ("messenger").

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