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Definition of "pronounce" []

  • To use the organs of speech to make heard (a word or speech sound); utter. (verb-transitive)
  • To say clearly, correctly, or in a given manner: learning to pronounce French; pronounced my name wrong. (verb-transitive)
  • To represent (a word) in phonetic symbols. (verb-transitive)
  • To declare officially or formally: pronounced the legislature to be in session; was pronounced dead on arrival. (verb-transitive)
  • To say words; speak. (verb-intransitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "pronounce" in a sentence
  • "Even those of us who (at least more-or-less) pronounce the Spanish words properly (meaning well enough that the average Spanish speaker understands us) will never lose our accents."
  • "Sound file and Example sentence: listen to Kristin pronounce these French words: Download MP3 orDownload Wav"
  • "AUDIO FILE: Listen to Jean-Marc pronounce the French word "gâteau" and read today's example sentence: Download Gateau Download Gateau"