de·clare | \ di-ˈkler \
declared; declaring

Definition of declare 

transitive verb

1a : to make known formally, officially, or explicitly publicly declared her opposition to the plan

b : 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

intransitive verb

1 : to make a declaration poetry … evokes rather than merely declares —C. S. Kilby

2 : to avow one's opinion or support declaring for or against a candidate

3 : to announce one's intentions (as to run for political office) declared for mayor

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Other words from declare

declarable \-ˈkler-ə-bəl \ adjective

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declare, announce, proclaim, promulgate mean to make known publicly. declare implies explicitness and usually formality in making known. the referee declared the contest a draw announce implies the declaration of something for the first time. announced their engagement at a party proclaim implies declaring clearly, forcefully, and authoritatively. the president proclaimed a national day of mourning promulgate implies the proclaiming of a dogma, doctrine, or law. promulgated an edict of religious toleration

synonyms see in addition assert

declare, announce, and advertise mean to make known to the public. declare is used of something that is said very clearly and often in a formal manner. The governor declared a policy change. announce is used when something of interest is declared for the first time. Scientists announced the discovery of a new planet. advertise is used when a statement is repeated over and over and all around. She advertised her grades to the whole class.

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?
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But last year, the Australian Renewable Energy Agency declared that creating an export economy for renewables is one of its priorities. Robert F. Service, Science | AAAS, "Ammonia—a renewable fuel made from sun, air, and water—could power the globe without carbon," 12 July 2018 Every year, about 600,000 people declare medical bankruptcy. Derek Thompson, The Atlantic, "Win a Game Show, Pay Off Your Student Debt," 12 July 2018 His visit comes after President Trump declared the opioid crisis a public health emergency in October 2017. Travis Andersen,, "Attorney General Jeff Sessions to give speech in N.H. Thursday on the opioid crisis," 11 July 2018 The girl was kept on life support and received nursing care until New Jersey doctors declared her dead on June 22, saying McMath, then 17, died of excessive bleeding after an abdominal operation. NBC News, "'They are not God': Mother of girl declared dead twice criticizes doctors," 9 July 2018 That means is was written a decade or two after the U.S. declared independence from Britain. CBS News, "Analysis reveals clues about Declaration of Independence copy found in U.K.," 7 July 2018 Donald Trump declared North Korea no longer poses a nuclear threat to the world, satellite images revealed the country has spent the past several months upgrading its ability to make solid-fuel ballistic missiles. Larry Greenemeier, Scientific American, "Satellite Images Hint North Korea Won’t Disarm Anytime Soon," 5 July 2018 The Fourth of July didn't become an official holiday until over a century after America declared its independence. Caroline Simon, USA TODAY, "9 things you didn't know about the Fourth of July," 3 July 2018 Last year, the county school system declared the building surplus and transferred the site to the county government. Jess Nocera, Howard County Times, "Harriet Tubman High School museum project shifts into higher gear," 3 July 2018

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First Known Use of declare

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for 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

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English Language Learners 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


de·clare | \ di-ˈkler \
declared; declaring

Kids Definition of declare

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


transitive verb
declared; declaring

Legal Definition of declare 

1 : to make known formally, officially, or explicitly declaring who shall then act as PresidentU.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

Other words from declare

declarer noun

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