pronounce

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v pronounce pronounce judgment on "They labeled him unfit to work here"
    • v pronounce speak, pronounce, or utter in a certain way "She pronounces French words in a funny way","I cannot say `zip wire'","Can the child sound out this complicated word?"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The company "Sony" was originally called "Totsuken." They felt the name "Sony" would be easier to pronounce. The name was invented by a cross between the name "sonus" and "sonny." The name sound and sonic are derived. Sonny was used to represent a young man or boy, which would show a energetic young company
    • n Pronounce Pronouncement; declaration; pronunciation.
    • Pronounce 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."
    • Pronounce To give a pronunciation; to articulate; as, to pronounce faultlessly.
    • Pronounce To make declaration; to utter on opinion; to speak with confidence.
    • Pronounce 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."
    • Pronounce 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.
    • Pronounce To utter officially or solemnly; to deliver, as a decree or sentence; as, to pronounce sentence of death. "Sternly he pronounced The rigid interdiction."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Cher's last name was Sarkissian, she changed it because no one could pronounce it and it would not be accepted in show business.
    • pronounce To declare; make known; announce; proclaim.
    • pronounce To form or articulate by the organs of speech; utter articulately; speak; utter; specifically, to give a word its due recognized sound in uttering it.
    • pronounce To utter formally, officially, or solemnly.
    • pronounce To speak or utter rhetorically; deliver: as, to pronounce an oration.
    • pronounce To declare or affirm.
    • pronounce Synonyms Enunciate, Deliver, etc. See utter.
    • pronounce To speak with confidence or authority; make declaration; utter an opinion; declare one's self.
    • pronounce To utter words; specifically, to articulate words correctly.
    • n pronounce Pronunciation; declaration.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Dr. Seuss pronounced his name "soyce".
    • v.t Pronounce prō-nowns′ to make known by speaking: to utter with the proper sound and accent: to speak distinctly: to utter formally: to utter rhetorically: to declare
    • v.i Pronounce to utter confidently: to utter words
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Quotations

  • Barbara Walters
    Barbara Walters
    “I was the kind nobody thought could make it. I had a funny Boston accent. I couldn't pronounce my R's. I wasn't a beauty.”
  • Abraham Lincoln
    Abraham%20Lincoln
    “He reminds me of the man who murdered both his parents, and then when the sentence was about to be pronounced, pleaded for mercy on the grounds that he was orphan.”
  • Thomas Carlyle
    Thomas%20Carlyle
    “For all right judgment of any man or things it is useful, nay, essential, to see his good qualities before pronouncing on his bad.”
  • Paul Valery
    Paul%20Valery
    “Our judgments judge us, and nothing reveals us, exposes our weaknesses, more ingeniously than the attitude of pronouncing upon our fellows.”
  • George Bernard Shaw
    George%20Bernard%20Shaw
    “If the announcer can produce the impression that he is a gentlemen, he may pronounce as he pleases.”
  • Norman Tebbit
    Norman Tebbit
    “It is certainly safe, in view of the movement to the right of intellectuals and political thinkers, to pronounce the brain death of socialism.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. prononcer, L. pronunciare,; pro, before, forth + nunciare, nuntiare, to announce. See Announce

Usage

In literature:

But in feeling he was an equally pronounced aristocrat.
"The Colonel's Dream" by Charles W. Chesnutt
The Baron of Rothsattel was one of the few men whom not only the world pronounced happy, but who believed himself to be so.
"Debit and Credit" by Gustav Freytag
Certain words were never pronounced by the Greeks.
"The Mysteries of All Nations" by James Grant
Admitting it to be desirable, every man of experience in life will pronounce it to be impracticable.
"Plain Facts for Old and Young" by John Harvey Kellogg
In the end the doctors pronounced in Joan's favor.
"Historical Tales, Vol. 6 (of 15)" by Charles Morris
What variations there are are not sufficiently pronounced to warrant any conclusions.
"The Religion of Babylonia and Assyria" by Morris Jastrow
Fetchke and I were to learn to translate as well as pronounce Hebrew, the same as our brother.
"The Promised Land" by Mary Antin
The other two are white, and of pronouncedly Spanish features.
"The Lone Ranche" by Captain Mayne Reid
She was pronounced to be Dutch, French, Danish, and Spanish in turn.
"Ronald Morton, or the Fire Ships" by W.H.G. Kingston
I pronounced his name.
"Will Weatherhelm" by W.H.G. Kingston
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In poetry:

But come with me and visit
A people so distressed;
They are the seed that Jacob
When dying pronounced blessed.
"The Great Physician" by Mary Ann H T Bigelow
O may the sons of men record
The wondrous goodness of the Lord
How great his works! how kind his ways!
Let every tongue pronounce his praise.
"Psalm 107 part 2" by Isaac Watts
Thus let our flaming zeal employ
Our loftiest thoughts and loudest songs;
Britain, pronounce with warmest joy
Hosannah from ten thousand tongues.
"Hymn 1" by Isaac Watts
O let the saints with joy record
The truth and goodness of the Lord!
How great his works! how kind his ways!
Let every tongue pronounce his praise.
"Psalm 107 part 1" by Isaac Watts
To the hardest of places He calls me to go,
Never thinking of comfort or ease;
The world may pronounce me a dreamer, a fool,
Enough if the Master I please.
"The Regions Beyond" by Albert Benjamin Simpson
On their pale cheeks and consecrated brows!
It charms me not, — your call to rest below:
I press their hands, my lips pronounce their vows;
Take my life's silence for your answer: No.
"A Loyal Woman's No" by Lucy Larcom

In news:

Too early to pronounce Phillies' golden age over.
Pronouncing the X makes you look silly.
But they also say buffet is pronounced "boo-fay" which sure sounds wrong to me.
15 of the World's Weirdest Marriages, 'I Now Pronounce You… What.
There's a video on YouTube of a girl who can pronounce any word backwards.
News anchors trying to pronounce an unusual name.
But, well, how do you pronounce it.
Baye Moussa Keita is actually very easily pronounced .
Can't stop it, can't pronounce it.
There's even less hope newscasters can pronounce its name.
I now pronounce you Jarett & Kevin.
Rachel Weisz Is Going to Start Correcting People on How to Pronounce Her Last Name.
Bush pronounced 'fit for duty' after physical.
Fit for duty' Doctors pronounced the 61-year-old president healthy overall.
I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry (PG-13).
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In science:

One would have expected then that the dependence of Td on v0 would be much less pronounced in this case.
Characteristics Of A Magnetic Buoyancy Driven Solar Dynamo Model
Also the size increase at the transition (cf. figure 3) is very pronounced for this case.
Coil-Globule Transition for Regular, Random and Specially Designed Copolymers: Monte Carlo Simulation and Self-Consistent Field Theory
This is in agreement with SCF calculations, although the SCF results show this trend to be more pronounced.
Coil-Globule Transition for Regular, Random and Specially Designed Copolymers: Monte Carlo Simulation and Self-Consistent Field Theory
First, for a weakly nonlinear sweep there will be corrections to Eq. (4) that should be especially pronounced in the slow-sweep region ε ≫ 1.
Effects of nonlinear sweep in the Landau-Zener-Stueckelberg effect
As discussed above, the increase in randomness also leads to a similar, though less pronounced trend.
Bond-randomness-induced Neel order in weakly coupled antiferromagnetic spin chains
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