I. verb — [ reporting verb] 1. make a formal public statement about a fact, occurrence, or intention[with clause] • the President’s office announced that the siege would be lifted
• [with obj.]
he announced his retirement from international football
• [with direct speech]
‘I have a confession to make,’ she announced.
2. make known the arrival of (a guest) at a formal social occasion. 3. give information about (transport) in a station or airport via a public address system • they were announcing her train.
– origin late 15th cent.: from French annoncer, from Latin annuntiare, from ad- ‘to’ + nuntiare ‘declare, announce’ (from nuntius ‘messenger’).