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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Announce \An*nounce"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Announced; p. pr. & vb. n. Announcing.] [OF. anoncier, F. annoncer, fr. L. annuntiare; ad + nuntiare to report, relate, nuntius messenger, bearer of news. See Nuncio, and cf. Annunciate.] [1913 Webster] 1. To give public notice, or first notice of; to make known; to publish; to proclaim. [1913 Webster] Her [Q. Elizabeth's] arrival was announced through the country by a peal of cannon from the ramparts. --Gilpin. [1913 Webster] 2. To pronounce; to declare by judicial sentence. [1913 Webster] Publish laws, announce Or life or death. --Prior. [1913 Webster] Syn: To proclaim; publish; make known; herald; declare; promulgate. Usage: To Publish, Announce, Proclaim, Promulgate. We publish what we give openly to the world, either by oral communication or by means of the press; as, to publish abroad the faults of our neighbors. We announce what we declare by anticipation, or make known for the first time; as, to announce the speedy publication of a book; to announce the approach or arrival of a distinguished personage. We proclaim anything to which we give the widest publicity; as, to proclaim the news of victory. We promulgate when we proclaim more widely what has before been known by some; as, to promulgate the gospel. [1913 Webster]