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
  1. verb
    speak, pronounce, or utter in a certain way
    “She pronounces French words in a funny way”
    synonyms: articulate, enounce, enunciate, say, sound out
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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
  2. verb
    pronounce judgment on
    synonyms: judge, label
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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
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    adjudge, declare, hold
    declare to be
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