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’
    • ‘Her tiny lips moved carefully as she attempted to sound out and then pronounce the difficult words.’
    • ‘If you click on the speaker icon, a man's voice pronounces the word for you through your computer's speakers.’
    • ‘Though a small error on the part of a painter, it makes all the difference when the word is pronounced.’
    • ‘The sequence ended with the student pronouncing the word correctly.’
    • ‘Along with this, the user can also get to hear the way a letter or a word is correctly pronounced.’
    • ‘The only other solution is for foreigners to pronounce words correctly.’
    • ‘As we get older we learn to read and write and hopefully pronounce the words correctly in whatever language we are raised.’
    • ‘After realising she had pronounced it wrong, she didn't care.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It became really noticeable when she pronounced certain words.’
    • ‘I think it is important that members' names be pronounced correctly.’
    • ‘Each letter has a particular sound so reading is relatively simple, words being pronounced phonetically.’
    • ‘Her voice dripped with the sharpness of mockery as she pronounced these last words.’
    • ‘There are people that complain when their name is pronounced differently.’
    • ‘Before that Latin, certainly in English-speaking countries, was pronounced just like English.’
    • ‘Oh dear, has Dan been pronouncing the first syllable like the Scottish island?’
    • ‘Gemma and I have a joke about the way she pronounces the word ‘delicious’.’
    • ‘The point is that only real Friesians can pronounce the first 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.’
    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’
    • ‘The answer is that the institution of the court is not the court building itself, it is the judges who pronounce their verdicts.’
    • ‘The local Fire Brigade, Gardai and the ambulance service worked to free him, but he was pronounced dead at the scene.’
    • ‘Firefighters used cutting equipment to release him from his car but paramedics pronounced him dead at the scene.’
    • ‘The driver of the Sierra was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident.’
    • ‘A doctor was called and he was pronounced dead shortly after 10.30 am yesterday.’
    • ‘A doctor at a local surgery also attended but eventually pronounced the man dead.’
    • ‘I don't know that I'd want to pronounce that judgment at this point.’
    • ‘She received assistance from paramedics but a doctor pronounced her dead at the scene.’
    • ‘Mr Roberts was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident, last Thursday.’
    • ‘A doctor who pronounced the man dead believes the cause of death was asphyxiation.’
    • ‘He pronounced me unfit to be operated upon.’
    • ‘The driver of the Mondeo was pronounced dead at the scene.’
    • ‘However, the Ukrainian was pronounced dead at the scene by a doctor.’
    • ‘He was 73 and the doctors had just pronounced him well enough to return home.’
    • ‘In addition, the applicants complained that the county courts' residence judgments were not pronounced publicly.’
    • ‘The victim, who is yet to be formally identified, was pronounced dead at the scene.’
    • ‘An ambulance crew was called but the woman was pronounced dead at the scene.’
    • ‘The boy and his 33-year-old mother were rescued by a helicopter but were later pronounced dead at hospital.’
    • ‘Can a state undo an agreement on the basis of which the apex court had pronounced its verdict?’
    • ‘They were examined by a doctor but were pronounced 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’
      • ‘He said the US would consider backing the appointment of an independent assessor to pronounce on the validity of the ceasefires.’
      • ‘Only a court of law has the right to pronounce on innocence or guilt.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He said the team would not pronounce on the validity of the election itself.’
      • ‘Normally appellate judges pronounce on issues of law (for instance, wrong instructions given by the trial judge to the jury).’
      • ‘Lets not give the scientists and politicians all the cards when pronouncing on matters scientific.’
      • ‘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 same principle requires us to pronounce on the validity of executive action when it is challenged.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘This Court has pronounced on that question many times.’
      • ‘By reaching such a verdict, the jury did not have to pronounce on five other questions that devolved from that point.’
      • ‘It is unnecessary, and it would be inappropriate, for me to pronounce on the merits of the constitutional issue.’
      • ‘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.’
      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’).