declare

verb
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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In the space of eight hours, Trump had moved from doubting the utility of the mutual defense alliance and provoking an extraordinary emergency session of its members to declaring the pact stronger than ever. Zeke Miller, Washington Post, "Analysis: Trump’s questionable claims of success," 13 July 2018 As Christianity took hold in Armenia in the early years of the fourth century A.D.—making it the first nation to declare the young religion its official faith—the tree of life symbol evolved alongside the rest of the culture. Ryan P. Smith, Smithsonian, "Armenia’s “Tree of Life” Tradition Took Root Thousands of Years Ago, and Has Only Grown Since," 12 July 2018 Former Villanova guard Donte DiVincenzo wasn’t expected to declare for the NBA draft until his monster performance against Michigan in the national championship game. Dan Gartland, SI.com, "Bucks Rookie Donte DiVincenzo Has $3.71 in His Bank Account," 10 July 2018 There, the Department of Justice has chosen to declare much of the act unconstitutional, on flagrantly fatuous grounds. Michael Hiltzik, latimes.com, "The Trump administration finds another way to throw sand in Obamacare's gears, at patients' expense," 9 July 2018 The best way to start a fight among Future fans is to declare one album in particular from his 2014-2015 run to be that era’s definitive work. Will Schube, Billboard, "Zaytoven and Future Are Just Like Bruddas on 'Beast Mode 2'," 9 July 2018 The blaze, which prompted Gov. Jerry Brown to declare a state of emergency in Siskiyou County, has destroyed 72 buildings as of Sunday morning. Gabby Ferreira, sacbee, "He was fighting the fast-moving Klamathon Fire. Then flames swept over his engine," 8 July 2018 In 1811, Venezuela became the first South American country to declare independence from Spain. BostonGlobe.com, "This day in history," 5 July 2018 Others have taken to Twitter to declare Okoumou a hero, commending her for her patriotism and willingness to fight for what matters. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "A Woman Climbed the Statue of Liberty on the Fourth of July to Protest Family Separation at the Border," 5 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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declare

verb

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

declare

verb
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

declare

transitive verb
de·clare
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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