pronounce

If you have a teacher who asks the class to call him "Mr. B," it's probably because his name is really hard to pronounce. When you pronounce a word, you sound it out.

When you say something in a particular way, you pronounce it. The verb pronounce has another meaning, too — "to declare formally." It's not too different from announcing something, but it implies something more official and solemn — just think of the phrase "I now pronounce you husband and wife."

Definitions of pronounce
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v speak, pronounce, or utter in a certain way

“She pronounces French words in a funny way”
Synonyms:
articulate, enounce, enunciate, 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

v pronounce judgment on

Synonyms:
judge, label
Types:
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acquit, assoil, clear, discharge, exculpate, exonerate
pronounce not guilty of criminal charges
convict
find or declare guilty
tout
advertize in strongly positive terms
find, rule
decide on and make a declaration about
qualify
pronounce fit or able
disqualify
declare unfit
intonate, intone
speak carefully, as with rising and falling pitch or in a particular tone
vindicate
clear of accusation, blame, suspicion, or doubt with supporting proof
whitewash
exonerate by means of a perfunctory investigation or through biased presentation of data
purge
clear of a charge
reconvict
convict anew
capacitate
make legally capable or qualify in law
recuse
disqualify oneself (as a judge) in a particular case
disbar
remove from the bar; expel from the practice of law by official action
Type of:
adjudge, declare, hold
declare to be

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