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 Dictionary entry overview: What does enunciate mean? 

  The verb ENUNCIATE has 2 senses:

1. speak, pronounce, or utter in a certain way
2. express or state clearly

  Familiarity information: ENUNCIATE used as a verb is rare.

 Dictionary entry details 


Sense 1enunciate [BACK TO TOP]


Speak, pronounce, or utter in a certain way

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing


pronounce; enunciate; enounce; sound out; articulate; say

Context examples:

She pronounces French words in a funny way / I cannot say 'zip wire' / Can the child sound out this complicated word?

"Enunciate" entails doing...:

mouth; speak; talk; utter; verbalise; verbalize (express in speech)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "enunciate"):

twang (pronounce with a nasal twang)

labialise; labialize; round (pronounce with rounded lips)

lisp (speak with a lisp)

accent; accentuate; stress (put stress on; utter with an accent)

vocalise; vocalize; vowelise; vowelize (pronounce as a vowel)

click (produce a click)

trill (pronounce with a trill, of the phoneme 'r')

sibilate (pronounce with an initial sibilant)

flap (pronounce with a flap, of alveolar sounds)

explode (cause to burst as a result of air pressure; of stop consonants like /p/, /t/, and /k/)

drawl (lengthen and slow down or draw out)

syllabise; syllabize (utter with distinct articulation of each syllable)

subvocalise; subvocalize (articulate without making audible sounds)

devoice (utter with tense vocal chords)

raise (pronounce (vowels) by bringing the tongue closer to the roof of the mouth)

lilt (articulate in a very careful and rhythmic way)

palatalise; palatalize (pronounce a consonant with the tongue against the palate)

nasalise; nasalize (speak nasally or through the nose)

mispronounce; misspeka (pronounce a word incorrectly)

aspirate (pronounce with aspiration; of stop sounds)

sound; vocalise; vocalize; voice (utter with vibrating vocal chords)

retroflex (articulate (a consonant) with the tongue curled back against the palate)

roll (pronounce with a roll, of the phoneme /r/)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something

Sense 2enunciate [BACK TO TOP]


Express or state clearly

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing


enunciate; vocalise; articulate; vocalize

Hypernyms (to "enunciate" is one way to...):

say; state; tell (express in words)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something

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