Definition of pronounce verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

      

    pronounce

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//prəˈnaʊns//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//prəˈnaʊns//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they pronounce
    BrE BrE//prəˈnaʊns//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//prəˈnaʊns//
     
    he / she / it pronounces
    BrE BrE//prəˈnaʊnsɪz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//prəˈnaʊnsɪz//
     
    past simple pronounced
    BrE BrE//prəˈnaʊnst//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//prəˈnaʊnst//
     
    past participle pronounced
    BrE BrE//prəˈnaʊnst//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//prəˈnaʊnst//
     
    -ing form pronouncing
    BrE BrE//prəˈnaʊnsɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//prəˈnaʊnsɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1  pronounce 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. 2(formal) to 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 man 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 verb Word Origin late Middle English: from Old French pronuncier, from Latin pronuntiare, from pro- ‘out, forth’ + nuntiare ‘announce’ (from nuntius ‘messenger’).Extra examples He pronounced himself delighted with the judge’s decision. I do not feel competent to pronounce on this matter. I don’t know how to pronounce the name of the town. Press reports beforehand confidently pronounced that an agreement had already been reached. Reality TV was officially pronounced dead by the critics. She pronounced the ‘o’ as in ‘no’. She was pronounced dead upon arrival at the hospital. The committee has pronounced in favour of the merger. I now pronounce you man and wife. Phrasal Verbspronounce against somebodypronounce on something
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