Definition of declare
1a : to make known formally, officially, or explicitly publicly declared her opposition to the planb : to make known as a determination The judge declared the defendant fit to stand trial. She was declared the rightful heir to the throne.
2 obsolete : to make clear
3 : to make evident : show a glimpse of his head in outline … declared his present state of mind — Osbert Sitwell
4 : to state emphatically : affirm declares his innocence “You are quite a quiz, I do declare!” — Charles Dickens
5 : to make a full statement of (one's taxable or dutiable property) Large purchases must be declared at customs.
6 in card games a : to make a bid or announcement naming (a trump suit or no-trump)b : meld
7 : to make payable declare a dividend
1 : to make a declaration poetry … evokes rather than merely declares — C. S. Kilby
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 English Language Learners
Definition of declare for English Language Learners
: 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
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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