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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

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

ex·claim·er noun

Examples of exclaim

  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



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