Topic: LAW

Date: 1300-1400
Language: Old French
Origin: pronuncier, from Latin pronuntiare, from nuntius 'messenger'


1 [transitive]SL to make the sound of a letter, word etc, especially in the correct way [↪ pronunciation]:
How do you pronounce your name?
2 [transitive] to officially state that something is true
pronounce somebody/something sth
The victim was pronounced dead on arrival.
I now pronounce you man and wife.
3 [intransitive and transitive] to give a judgment or opinion:
The scheme was pronounced a failure.
pronounce on/upon
He used to pronounce on matters he knew nothing about.
4 [intransitive,transitive ] lawSCL to give a legal judgment
pronounce sentence (=tell a court of law what punishment a criminal will have)

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