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exclaim

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verb ex·claim \iks-ˈklām\

Simple Definition of exclaim

  • : to say (something) in an enthusiastic or forceful way

  • : to cry out or speak suddenly or with strong feeling

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of exclaim

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to cry out or speak in strong or sudden emotion <exclaimed in delight>

  3. 2 :  to speak loudly or vehemently <exclaimed against immorality>

  4. transitive verb
  5. :  to utter sharply, passionately, or vehemently :  proclaim

exclaimer noun

Examples of exclaim in a sentence

  1. Here he comes! someone exclaimed.

  2. She exclaimed in delight over the Christmas tree.

  3. The children exclaimed with wonder when they saw the elephant.



Origin of exclaim

Middle French exclamer, from Latin exclamare, from ex- + clamare to cry out — more at claim


First Known Use: 1566


EXCLAIM Defined for Kids

exclaim

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verb ex·claim \ik-ˈsklām\

Definition of exclaim for Students

exclaimedexclaiming

  1. :  to speak or cry out suddenly or with strong feeling



Word Root of exclaim

The Latin word clamāre, meaning “to shout” or “to cry out,” gives us the root clam and its form claim. Words from the Latin clamāre have something to do with shouting. To exclaim is to cry out in a sudden or emotional way. To proclaim is to announce or shout something publicly. Clamor is noisy shouting.



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