Pro·nounce v. t. [imp. & p. p. Pronounced p. pr. & vb. n. Pronounging ]
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.
Pro·nounce, v. i.
1. To give a pronunciation; to articulate; as, to pronounce faultlessly.
2. To make declaration; to utter on opinion; to speak with confidence. [R.]
Pro·nounce, n. Pronouncement; declaration; pronunciation. [Obs.]
v 1: 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?" [syn: articulate,
enounce, sound out, enunciate, say]
2: pronounce judgment on; "They labeled him unfit to work here"
[syn: label, judge]