Simple Definition of declare
: to say or state (something) in an official or public way
: to say (something) in a strong and confident way
: to tell the government about (money you have earned or received) in order to pay taxes
Full Definition of declare
1 : to make known formally, officially, or explicitly
2 obsolete : to make clear
3 : to make evident : show
4 : to state emphatically : affirm <declares his innocence>
5 : to make a full statement of (one's taxable or dutiable property)
6 a : to announce (as a trump suit) in a card game b : meld
7 : to make payable <declare a dividend>
1 : to make a declaration
declarableplay \-ˈkler-ə-bəl\ adjective
Examples of declare in a sentence
The government has just declared a state of emergency.
He openly declared his love for her.
They failed to declare all of their earnings on their tax return.
Large purchases must be declared at customs.
Do you have anything to declare?
Origin and Etymology of declare
Middle English, from Anglo-French & Latin; Anglo-French declarer, from Latin declarare, from de- + clarare to make visible, from clarus clear — more at clear
First Known Use: 14th century
Synonym Discussion of declare
synonyms see in addition assert
DECLARE Defined for Kids
Definition of declare for Students
1 : to make known in a clear or formal way <The judges declared the race a tie.>
2 : to state as if certain <“I look and smell,” Aunt Sponge declared, “as lovely as a rose!” — Roald Dahl, James and the Giant Peach>
Legal Definition of declare
1 : to make known formally, officially, or explicitly <declaring who shall then act as President — U.S. Constitution amend. XX>
2a : to make a full statement of (one's taxable property) <didn't declare some of his income> b : to state the value of (one's taxable or dutiable property) <declared the diamond earrings>
3 : to make payable <declare dividends>
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