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"pronounce" in British English

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pronounceverb [T]

uk   us   /prəˈnaʊns/
  • pronounce verb [T] (MAKE SOUND)

B1 to say a word or a ​letter in a ​particular way: How do you pronounce ​yoursurname? She pronounced his ​name so ​badly he didn't ​evenrecognize it. Sade, pronounced shah-day, is a ​singer.

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  • pronounce verb [T] (TO STATE)

formal to say something ​officially or ​certainly: [+ obj + noun/adj ] He was taken to the ​hospital where he was pronounced ​dead on ​arrival. The ​jury pronounced him ​guilty. He ​gazedvacantly while the ​verdict and ​sentence were pronounced. She ​surveyed the ​building and pronounced herself ​pleased with ​theirwork. [+ that] The ​government pronounced that they are no ​longer a ​nuclearstate. "Have I ​met him?" "You have ​indeed - I ​recall you pronounced the man (= said that he was) a ​fool." The ​dessert was ​tried and pronounced ​delicious.
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(Definition of pronounce from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"pronounce" in American English

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pronounceverb [T]

 us   /prəˈnɑʊns/
  • pronounce verb [T] (MAKE SOUND)

English to say a word or a ​letter in a ​particular way or in a ​correct way: Around here, "​aunt" is not pronounced the same as "​ant." How do you pronounce ​your last ​name?
  • pronounce verb [T] (TO STATE)

to ​state something ​officially or ​formally: Dewey was ​mistakenly pronounced the ​winner of the ​election.
(Definition of pronounce from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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