PRONOUNCE, v.t. pronouns'. [L. pronuncio; pro and nuncio.] 1. To speak; to utter articulately. The child is not able to pronounce words composed of difficult combinations of letters. Adults rarely learn to pronounce correctly a foreign language. 2. To utter formally, officially or solemnly. The court pronounced sentence of death on the criminal. Then Baruch answered them, he pronounced all these words to me with his mouth. Jeremiah 36. Sternly he pronounc'd The rigid interdiction. 3. To speak or utter rhetorically; to deliver; as, to pronounce an oration. 4. To speak; to utter, in almost any manner. 5. To declare or affirm. He pronounced the book to be a libel; he pronounced the act to be a fraud. PRONOUNCE, v.i. pronouns'. To speak; to make declaration; to utter an opinion. How confidently so ever men pronounce of themselves--
v 1: 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?" [syn: pronounce, articulate, enounce, sound out, enunciate, say] 2: pronounce judgment on; "They labeled him unfit to work here" [syn: pronounce, label, judge]
verb (pronounced; pronouncing) Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French pronuncier, from Latin pronuntiare, from pro- forth + nuntiare to report, from nuntius messenger — more at pro-Date: 14th century transitive verb1. to declare officially or ceremoniously <the minister pronounced them husband and wife> 2. to declare authoritatively or as an opinion <doctors pronounced him fit to resume duties> 3.a. to employ the organs of speech to produce <pronounce these words>; especially to say correctly <I can't pronounce his name> b. to represent in printed characters the spoken counterpart of (an orthographic representation) <both dictionaries pronounceclique the same> 4.recite<speak the speech, I pray you, as I pronounced it to you — Shakespeare> intransitive verb1. to pass judgment 2. to produce the components of spoken language • pronounceabilitynoun • pronounceableadjective • pronouncernoun
v. 1 tr. (also absol.) utter or speak (words, sounds, etc.) in a certain way. 2 tr. a utter or deliver (a judgement, sentence, curse, etc.) formally or solemnly. b proclaim or announce officially (I pronounce you man and wife). 3 tr. state or declare, as being one's opinion (the apples were pronounced excellent). 4 intr. (usu. foll. by on, for, against, in favour of) pass judgement; give one's opinion (pronounced for the defendant). Derivatives: pronounceable adj. pronouncement n. pronouncer n. Etymology: ME f. OF pronuncier f. L pronuntiare (as PRO-(1), nuntiare announce f. nuntius messenger)
Pronounce 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.
Pronounce 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.
(pronounces, pronouncing, pronounced) 1. To pronounce a word means to say it using particular sounds. Have I pronounced your name correctly?...He pronounced it Per-sha, the way the English do.VERB: V n, V n n 2. If you pronounce something to be true, you state that it is the case. (FORMAL) A specialist has now pronounced him fully fit...I now pronounce you man and wife.= declare VERB: V n adj, V n n
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