Definition for PRO-NOUNCE

PRO-NOUNCE, v.t. [pronouns'; Fr. prononcer; It. pronunziare; Sp. pronunciar; L. pronuncio; pro and nuncio.]

  1. To speak; to utter articulately. The child is not able to pronounce words composed of difficult combinations of letters. Adults rarely learn to pronounce correctly a foreign language.
  2. To utter formally, officially or solemnly. The court pronounced sentence of death on the criminal. Then Baruch answered them, he pronounced all these words to me with his mouth. – Jer. xxxvi. Sternly he pronounc'd / The rigid interdiction. – Milton.
  3. To speak or utter rhetorically; to deliver; as, to pronounce an oration.
  4. To speak; to utter, in almost any manner.
  5. To declare or affirm. He pronounced the book to be a libel; he pronounced the act to be a fraud.

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