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From Old French anoncier, from Latin annūntiāre, from ad + nūntiō (report, relate), from nūntius (messenger, bearer of news). See nuncio, and compare with annunciate.


  • (UK) enPR: ə-nouns', IPA(key): /əˈnaʊns/; enPR: ă'-nouns, IPA(key): /ˈæ.naʊns/
  • (US) enPR: ə-noun(t)s', IPA(key): /əˈnaʊn(t)s/
  • (file)
  • Hyphenation: an‧nounce
  • Rhymes: -aʊns


announce (third-person singular simple present announces, present participle announcing, simple past and past participle announced)

  1. (transitive) To give public notice of, especially for the first time; to make known.
    • c. 1780, William Gilpin, Observations, Relative Chiefly to Picturesque Beauty, Made in the Year 1776, on Several Parts of Great Britain:
      Her [Queen Elizabeth’s] arrival was announced through the country by a peal of cannon from the ramparts.
    • 1927, F. E. Penny, chapter 4, in Pulling the Strings:
      Soon after the arrival of Mrs. Campbell, dinner was announced by Abboye. He came into the drawing room resplendent in his gold-and-white turban. […] His cummerbund matched the turban in gold lines.
    • 2013 June 8, “Obama goes troll-hunting”, in The Economist, volume 407, number 8839, page 55:
      The solitary, lumbering trolls of Scandinavian mythology would sometimes be turned to stone by exposure to sunlight. Barack Obama is hoping that several measures announced on June 4th will have a similarly paralysing effect on their modern incarnation, the patent troll.
    Synonyms: proclaim, publish, make known, herald, declare, promulgate
  2. (transitive) To pronounce; to declare by judicial sentence.
    • c. 1718, Matthew Prior, First Hymn of Callimachus:
      Publish laws, announce / Or life or death.
    Synonyms: adjudicate, judge
  3. (chiefly US):
    1. (transitive) To act as announcer for (an event, usually sports).
      Our coach has retired, but occasionally he still announces the games.
    2. (intransitive) To act or work as an announcer.
      Our coach has retired, but occasionally he still announces.



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