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Definition of pronounce verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they pronounce
    he / she / it pronounces
    past simple pronounced
    -ing form pronouncing
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  1. 1pronounce something to make the sound of a word or letter in a particular way Very few people can pronounce my name correctly. The “b” in lamb is not pronounced. see also pronunciation, unpronounceable
  2. 2to say or give something formally, officially, or publicly pronounce something to pronounce an opinion The judge will pronounce sentence today. pronounce somebody/something + noun She pronounced him the winner of the competition. I now pronounce you husband and wife (= in a marriage ceremony). pronounce somebody/something + adj. She was pronounced dead on arrival at the hospital. pronounce somebody/something to be/have something He pronounced the country to be in a state of war. pronounce that… She pronounced that an error had been made. + speech “It's pneumonia,” he pronounced gravely.
  3. Word Familypronounce verbpronunciation noununpronounceable adjectivemispronounce verbpronounce verbpronunciation noununpronounceable adjectivemispronounce verb Phrasal Verbspronounce for/against somebodypronounce on/upon something
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: pronounce