declare

verb de·clare \ di-ˈkler \
Updated on: 17 Nov 2017

Definition of declare

declared; declaring
transitive verb
1 a :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

declarable

play \-ˈkler-ə-bəl\ adjective

Examples of declare in a Sentence

  1. The government has just declared a state of emergency.

  2. He openly declared his love for her.

  3. They failed to declare all of their earnings on their tax return.

  4. Large purchases must be declared at customs.

  5. Do you have anything to declare?

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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

Synonym Discussion of declare

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 Defined for English Language Learners

declare

verb

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

declare

verb de·clare \ di-ˈkler \

Definition of declare for Students

declared; declaring
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

Synonym Discussion of declare

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.

Law Dictionary

declare

transitive verb de·clare

legal Definition of declare

declared; declaring
1 :to make known formally, officially, or explicitly
  • declaring who shall then act as President
  • U.S. Constitution amend. XX
2 a :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

declarer

noun


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