Definition of pronounce in US English:



[with object]
  • 1Make the sound of (a word or part of a word) in the correct or a particular way.

    ‘Gerry pronounced the hero's name “Cahoolin”’
    ‘a company whose name no one could pronounce’
    • ‘Though a small error on the part of a painter, it makes all the difference when the word is pronounced.’
    • ‘The point is that only real Friesians can pronounce the first words correctly.’
    • ‘Oh dear, has Dan been pronouncing the first syllable like the Scottish island?’
    • ‘There are people that complain when their name is pronounced differently.’
    • ‘After realising she had pronounced it wrong, she didn't care.’
    • ‘The only other solution is for foreigners to pronounce words correctly.’
    • ‘She insists her mistake was due to the way the word was pronounced by the presenter, and she is determined to get to the top next year.’
    • ‘Someone finally realizes what I'm trying to say and pronounces the word properly, and everyone starts to chuckle.’
    • ‘From the way she pronounces the words, from how she runs syllables together so oddly, I guess that she doesn't understand what she sings.’
    • ‘Each letter has a particular sound so reading is relatively simple, words being pronounced phonetically.’
    • ‘Before that Latin, certainly in English-speaking countries, was pronounced just like English.’
    • ‘Her voice dripped with the sharpness of mockery as she pronounced these last words.’
    • ‘Along with this, the user can also get to hear the way a letter or a word is correctly pronounced.’
    • ‘It became really noticeable when she pronounced certain words.’
    • ‘As we get older we learn to read and write and hopefully pronounce the words correctly in whatever language we are raised.’
    • ‘If you click on the speaker icon, a man's voice pronounces the word for you through your computer's speakers.’
    • ‘I think it is important that members' names be pronounced correctly.’
    • ‘Gemma and I have a joke about the way she pronounces the word ‘delicious’.’
    • ‘Her tiny lips moved carefully as she attempted to sound out and then pronounce the difficult words.’
    • ‘The sequence ended with the student pronouncing the word correctly.’
    say, enunciate, articulate, utter, express, voice, vocalize, get one's tongue round, sound
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  • 2Declare or announce, typically formally or solemnly.

    ‘allow history to pronounce the verdict’
    with complement ‘she was pronounced dead at the scene’
    with clause ‘the doctors pronounced that he would never improve’
    • ‘Can a state undo an agreement on the basis of which the apex court had pronounced its verdict?’
    • ‘The driver of the Mondeo was pronounced dead at the scene.’
    • ‘He was 73 and the doctors had just pronounced him well enough to return home.’
    • ‘A doctor was called and he was pronounced dead shortly after 10.30 am yesterday.’
    • ‘The local Fire Brigade, Gardai and the ambulance service worked to free him, but he was pronounced dead at the scene.’
    • ‘The driver of the Sierra was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident.’
    • ‘In addition, the applicants complained that the county courts' residence judgments were not pronounced publicly.’
    • ‘An ambulance crew was called but the woman was pronounced dead at the scene.’
    • ‘I don't know that I'd want to pronounce that judgment at this point.’
    • ‘A doctor who pronounced the man dead believes the cause of death was asphyxiation.’
    • ‘She received assistance from paramedics but a doctor pronounced her dead at the scene.’
    • ‘He pronounced me unfit to be operated upon.’
    • ‘They were examined by a doctor but were pronounced dead at the scene.’
    • ‘The answer is that the institution of the court is not the court building itself, it is the judges who pronounce their verdicts.’
    • ‘The victim, who is yet to be formally identified, was pronounced dead at the scene.’
    • ‘Mr Roberts was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident, last Thursday.’
    • ‘However, the Ukrainian was pronounced dead at the scene by a doctor.’
    • ‘A doctor at a local surgery also attended but eventually pronounced the man dead.’
    • ‘The boy and his 33-year-old mother were rescued by a helicopter but were later pronounced dead at hospital.’
    • ‘Firefighters used cutting equipment to release him from his car but paramedics pronounced him dead at the scene.’
    announce, proclaim, declare, rule, decree, ordain, adjudicate, lay down, affirm, assert, state, judge
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    1. 2.1pronounce onno object Pass judgment or make a decision on.
      ‘the Secretary of State will shortly pronounce on alternative measures’
      • ‘Only a court of law has the right to pronounce on innocence or guilt.’
      • ‘However, all causation and human rights questions are very fact sensitive and I consider that it would be wrong to pronounce on the matter in the abstract.’
      • ‘The absence of an economic aspect to the case at hand, therefore, also precluded the Court from pronouncing on the application of Article 10 of the Convention.’
      • ‘The same principle requires us to pronounce on the validity of executive action when it is challenged.’
      • ‘By reaching such a verdict, the jury did not have to pronounce on five other questions that devolved from that point.’
      • ‘It may already be too late to stem the damage of some international coverage but the least we can do is give him the benefit of the doubt and see the film before pronouncing on it.’
      • ‘Lets not give the scientists and politicians all the cards when pronouncing on matters scientific.’
      • ‘It is unnecessary, and it would be inappropriate, for me to pronounce on the merits of the constitutional issue.’
      • ‘He said the US would consider backing the appointment of an independent assessor to pronounce on the validity of the ceasefires.’
      • ‘Politicians and various board members have pronounced on the need for tighter corporate governance and control over traders, while the press is fixated on the type of individual involved.’
      • ‘Normally appellate judges pronounce on issues of law (for instance, wrong instructions given by the trial judge to the jury).’
      • ‘He said the team would not pronounce on the validity of the election itself.’
      • ‘This Court has pronounced on that question many times.’
      judge, adjudge, try, hear, examine, arbitrate, decide on, decide, settle, resolve, determine, pronounce on, give a ruling on, sit in judgement on, pass judgement on, give a verdict on, make a ruling on
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Late Middle English: from Old French pronuncier, from Latin pronuntiare, from pro- ‘out, forth’ + nuntiare ‘announce’ (from nuntius ‘messenger’).