v. pro·nounced, pro·nounc·ing, pro·nounc·es
a. To use the organs of speech to make heard (a word or speech sound); utter.
b. To say clearly, correctly, or in a given manner: learning to pronounce French; pronounced my name wrong.
2. To represent (a word) in phonetic symbols.
3. To declare officially or formally: pronounced the legislature to be in session; was pronounced dead on arrival.
1. To say words; speak.
2. To declare one's opinion; make a pronouncement: pronouncing on the issues of the day.
[Middle English pronouncen, from Old French prononcier, from Latin prōnūntiāre : prō-, forth; see PRO-1 + nūntiāre, to announce (from nūntius, messenger; see neu- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots).]
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