Definition of


  1. (verb, communication) pronounce judgment on
  2. (verb, communication) speak, pronounce, or utter in a certain way
    I cannot say `zip wire'
    Can the child sound out this complicated word?

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Synonyms of Pronounce

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

Origin of the word Pronounce

  1. early 14c., "to utter, declare officially," from O.Fr. pronuncier (late 13c.), from L.L. pronunciare, from L. pronuntiare "to proclaim, announce, pronounce," from pro- "forth, out, in public" + nuntiare "announce," from nuntius "messenger" (see nuncio). With ref. to the mode of sounding words or languages, it is attested from c.1620 (bu… more

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