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Date: 1400-1500
Language: French
Origin: annoncer, from Latin annuntiare, from ad- 'to' + nuntiare 'to report'


an‧nounce S2 W1 [transitive]
1 to officially tell people about something, especially about a plan or a decision:
They announced their engagement in 'The Times'.
announce a decision/intention/plan
The government has announced plans to create 10,000 new jobs.
announce that
A government spokesman announced that the hostages had been released.
At the end of their meeting, it was announced that an agreement had been reached.
announce something to somebody
Cordon announced his resignation to staff members on Wednesday.
2 to say something, especially something that other people will not like, in a loud and confident way [= state]:
'I'm not going to their party,' Maggie announced.
announce (that)
He stood up and announced that he was ready to go.
3 to give information to people using a loudspeaker or microphone, especially at an airport or railway station:
We arrived just as they were announcing the arrival of Flight 207 from Minneapolis.

announce somebody/yourself

to officially tell people that someone has arrived at a particular place:
All visitors to the apartment building must be announced.
After announcing himself at the reception desk, James was led upstairs.
5AMT to introduce a programme on television or radio
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