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Nov 8, 2017
This week’s theme
Unusual verbs

This week’s words
pernoctate
desacralize
nuncupate
reeve
senesce

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nuncupate

PRONUNCIATION:
(NUHN-kyuh-payt)

MEANING:
verb tr.:
1. To solemnly pronounce.
2. To declare a will orally.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Latin nuncupare (to declare or dedicate), from nomen (name) + capere (to seize). Ultimately from the Indo-European root kap- (to grasp), which is also the root of captive, capsule, capable, capture, cable, chassis, occupy, deceive, caitiff, captious, emancipate, percipient, and sashay. Earliest documented use: 1550.

USAGE:
“‘If you manage to get into print ahead of me ... my friends here,’ he nuncupated, ‘will come visit you and perform a little surgery on your hands absolutely free and with my compliments.’”
Jeani Rector, ed.; What Fears Become; Imajin Books; 2011.

See more usage examples of nuncupate in Vocabulary.com’s dictionary.

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Your voice dries up if you don't use it. -Patti Page, singer (8 Nov 1927-2013)

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