Is “pronunciate” a word? At first it doesn’t seem to be, but why not? “Pronunciation” and “pronunciative” seem to be words, so it would seem natural that “pronunciate” would be.
After Googling, I found the following here:
“Pronunciate” is a word that isn’t listed in most dictionaries; Dictionary.com does mention it, but it noted that “pronunciate” is used rarely. If you use it, most people will think that you meant to use “pronounce” but screwed up. Our tip is that you use “pronounce” instead of “pronunciate,” unless you want to look like a person who uses “irregardless.”
“Pronunciate” can also be found on dictionary.com:
Definition: to declare or pronounce
Furthermore, I have heard the use of this word fairly often in speech. I have always assumed it was a word.
Despite all of this evidence, “pronunciate” seems to have very little usage (see dictionary.com link), and is not listed in most major dictionaries, including the Merriam-Webster dictionary. I have tried typing “pronunciate” on computers, and all spellcheck programs I have tried has flagged it as a typo.
Is “pronunciate” a word? Is it ok to use it in a sentence? This will probably come down to whether common usage has created this word. In you answer, please back yourself up with applicable evidence/proof.