: to cry out or speak in strong or sudden emotion <exclaimed in delight>
: to speak loudly or vehemently <exclaimed against immorality>
: to utter sharply, passionately, or vehemently : proclaim
— ex·claim·er noun
Examples of EXCLAIM
- “Here he comes!” someone exclaimed.
- She exclaimed in delight over the Christmas tree.
- The children exclaimed with wonder when they saw the elephant.
Origin of EXCLAIM
Middle French exclamer,
from Latin exclamare,
to cry out — more at claim
First Known Use: 1566
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