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pro·nounce / prəˈnouns/ • v. [tr.] 1. make the sound of (a word or part of a word), typically in the correct or a particular way: Gerry pronounced the hero's name “Cahoolin” a refugee whose name no one could pronounce.2. declare or announce, typically formally or solemnly: allow history to pronounce the verdict | she was pronounced dead at the scene | the doctors pronounced that he would never improve. ∎  [intr.] (pronounce on) pass judgment or make a decision on: the secretary of state will shortly pronounce on alternative measures.DERIVATIVES: pro·nounce·a·bil·i·ty / prəˌnounsəˈbilətē/·nounce·a·ble·nounce·ment·nounc·er n.