enunciate

Can't get your point across? Maybe you just need to speak more clearly or articulate your thoughts better — in short, enunciate.

Good enunciation is similar to pronunciation, but describes more specifically how clearly someone expresses themselves. The word enunciate is related to the Latin words for both "announce" and "messenger." So most likely those ancient Romans who created the word wanted a messenger who could announce things without mumbling, grumbling, and rambling.

Definitions of enunciate
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v express or state clearly

Synonyms:
articulate, vocalise, vocalize
Type of:
say, state, tell
express in words

v speak, pronounce, or utter in a certain way

Synonyms:
articulate, enounce, pronounce, say, sound out
Types:
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twang
pronounce with a nasal twang
devoice
utter with tense vocal chords
raise
pronounce (vowels) by bringing the tongue closer to the roof of the mouth
lilt
articulate in a very careful and rhythmic way
palatalise, palatalize
pronounce a consonant with the tongue against the palate
nasalise, nasalize
pronounce with a lowered velum
nasalise, nasalize
speak nasally or through the nose
mispronounce, misspeak
pronounce a word incorrectly
aspirate
pronounce with aspiration; of stop sounds
sound, vocalise, vocalize, voice
utter with vibrating vocal chords
retroflex
articulate (a consonant) with the tongue curled back against the palate
subvocalise, subvocalize
articulate without making audible sounds
syllabise, syllabize
utter with distinct articulation of each syllable
drawl
lengthen and slow down or draw out
labialise, labialize, round
pronounce with rounded lips
lisp
speak with a lisp
accent, accentuate, stress
put stress on; utter with an accent
vocalise, vocalize, vowelise, vowelize
pronounce as a vowel
click
produce a click
trill
pronounce with a trill, of the phoneme `r'
sibilate
pronounce with an initial sibilant
flap
pronounce with a flap, of alveolar sounds
explode
cause to burst as a result of air pressure; of stop consonants like /p/, /t/, and /k/
roll
pronounce with a roll, of the phoneme /r/
chirk
make a shrill creaking, squeaking, or noise, as of a door, mouse, or bird
quaver, waver
give off unsteady sounds, alternating in amplitude or frequency

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