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Dictionary Definition



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]

User Contributed Dictionary



  • /pɹəˈnaʊns/, /pr@"naUns/
  • Rhymes: -aʊns


From pronuncier, from pronunciare, from pronuntiare.


  1. To read aloud.
  2. To sound out a word.
  3. To officially declare.
    I hereby pronounce you man and wife.


to read aloud
  • Finnish: lausua
  • Norwegian: uttale
to sound out a word
  • Arabic:
  • Chinese: 发音 (fāyīn)
  • Dutch: uitspreken
  • Finnish: ääntää, lausua
  • French: prononcer
  • German: aussprechen
  • Hungarian: kiejt, kimond
  • Italian: pronunziare
  • Japanese: 発音する (はつおんする, hatsuon suru)
  • Korean: 발음하다 (bareumhada)
  • Norwegian: uttale
  • Portuguese: pronunciar
  • Russian: произносить (proiznosít’)
  • Spanish: pronunciar
  • Swedish: uttala
to officially declare
  • Finnish: julistaa
  • Hungarian: kijelent, kinyilatkoztat, nyilvánít
  • Norwegian: erklære

Extensive Definition

Pronunciation refers to:
  • the way a word or a language is usually spoken
  • the manner in which someone utters a word
A word can be spoken in different ways by various individuals or groups, depending on many factors, such as:
  1. the area in which they grew up
  2. the area in which they now live
  3. if they have a speech defect
  4. their ethnic group
  5. their social class
  6. their education

Linguistic terminology

People are counted as units of sound (phones) that they use in their language. The branch of linguistics which studies these units of sound is phonetics. Phones which play the same role are grouped together into classes called phonemes; the study of these is phonemics or phonematics or phonology.

External links

  • Sounds Familiar? — Listen to examples of regional accents and dialects from across the UK on the British Library's 'Sounds Familiar' website
  • Howjsay — Enter a word to hear it spoken. About 100,000 words in British English with alternative pronunciations.
pronounce in Catalan: Pronunciació
pronounce in Czech: Výslovnost
pronounce in German: Aussprache
pronounce in Spanish: Pronunciación
pronounce in Esperanto: Prononco
pronounce in French: Prononciation
pronounce in Korean: 발음
pronounce in Icelandic: Framburður
pronounce in Hebrew: הגייה
pronounce in Kannada: ಉಚ್ಛಾರಣೆ
pronounce in Limburgan: Oetsjpraok
pronounce in Macedonian: Изговор
pronounce in Dutch: Uitspraak (taal)
pronounce in Japanese: 発音
pronounce in Norwegian: Uttale
pronounce in Polish: Wymowa
pronounce in Portuguese: Pronúncia
pronounce in Romanian: Pronunţie
pronounce in Russian: Произношение
pronounce in Simple English: Pronunciation
pronounce in Albanian: Shqiptimi
pronounce in Slovenian: Izgovarjava
pronounce in Swedish: Uttal
pronounce in Vietnamese: Phát âm
pronounce in Turkish: Telaffuz
pronounce in Ukrainian: Вимова
pronounce in Chinese: 讀音

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

act on, affirm, allege, announce, annunciate, argue, articulate, assert, assever, asseverate, aver, avouch, avow, bid, breathe, broadcast, call on, call the signals, call upon, charge, chime, chorus, come out with, command, commission, communicate, condemn, contend, convey, declare, declare roundly, decree, deliver, dictate, direct, disclose, doom, emit, enjoin, enunciate, express, find, find against, find for, fling off, formulate, give, give an order, give expression, give notice, give out with, give the word, give tongue, give utterance, give voice, have, hold, impart, insist, instruct, issue a command, issue a manifesto, issue a statement, issue a writ, judge, lay down, let out, lip, maintain, make a statement, make an announcement, make known, mandate, manifesto, ordain, order, order about, out with, pass, pass judgment, pass sentence, phonate, phrase, pour forth, predicate, present, proclaim, profess, promulgate, pronounce judgment, pronounce on, protest, publicize, publish, publish a manifesto, put, put forth, put in words, put it, put out, raise, report, return a verdict, rule, say, say the word, sentence, set down, set forth, sound, speak, speak out, speak up, stand for, stand on, state, submit, tell, throw off, utter, utter a judgment, verbalize, vocalize, voice, whisper, word
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