Pro*nounce" (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Pronounced (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Pronouncing (?).] [F. prononcer, L. pronunciare; pro before, forth + nunciare, nuntiare, to announce. See Announce.]

1.

To utter articulately; to speak out or distinctly; to utter, as words or syllables; to speak with the proper sound and accent as, adults rarely learn to pronounce a foreign language correctly.

2.

To utter officially or solemnly; to deliver, as a decree or sentence; as, to pronounce sentence of death.

Sternly he pronounced The rigid interdiction. Milton.

3.

To speak or utter rhetorically; to deliver; to recite; as, to pronounce an oration.

Speak the speech, I pray you, as I pronounced it to you. Shak.

4.

To declare or affirm; as, he pronounced the book to be a libel; he pronounced the act to be a fraud.

The God who hallowed thee and blessed, Pronouncing thee all good. Keble.

Syn. -- To deliver; utter; speak. See Deliver.

 

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Pro*nounce", v. i.

1.

To give a pronunciation; to articulate; as, to pronounce faultlessly.

Earle.

2.

To make declaration; to utter on opinion; to speak with confidence.

[R.]

Dr. H. More.

 

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Pro*nounce", n.

Pronouncement; declaration; pronunciation.

[Obs.]

Milton.

 

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