declare

verb
de·​clare | \ di-ˈkler How to pronounce declare (audio) \
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 \ di-​ˈkler-​ə-​bəl How to pronounce declarable (audio) \ 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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Tuesday was declared a public holiday in Mumbai, where thigh-deep flooding in major intersections overwhelmed the city’s overstretched and outdated drainage system. Corinne Abrams, WSJ, "Deadly Monsoon Rains Cause Chaos in India’s Financial Capital," 2 July 2019 Match-ups will be declared following this week’s results. Currie Engel, Time, "Here's How to Watch Every Wimbledon 2019 Match for Free," 2 July 2019 Mangakahia considered declaring for the WNBA draft this year before deciding to return to Syracuse for one more season. Alaa Abdeldaiem, SI.com, "Syracuse's Tiana Mangakahia Diagnosed With Breast Cancer," 1 July 2019 After the country’s last midterm elections last year, a rainbow wave was declared when more than150 LGBTQ candidates won their races. NBC News, "The legacy of Stonewall: 'Where Pride began'," 28 June 2019 But the school did make the National Invitation Tournament and traveled to play St. Mary’s and Patty Mills, another point guard expected to declare for the NBA draft. Ann Killion, San Francisco Chronicle, "Drafting Stephen Curry," 25 June 2019 The 7-foot-2 1/4-inch Bol declared for the draft despite playing in just nine games of his freshman season at Oregon. The Denver Post, "Nuggets got their man in Bol Bol in last week’s NBA draft, but it came at a price," 24 June 2019 The disease was declared eliminated in the U.S. in 2000 but has reappeared with a vengeance, mainly in isolated pockets of unvaccinated people. The Scientific American Staff, Scientific American, "The U.S. Needs To Tighten Vaccination Mandates," 24 June 2019 After being declared dead at the beginning of season 4, Luther season 5 marked Ruth Wilson’s return as Alice Morgan, the lovable killer and love interest of Idris Elba’s John Luther. Derek Lawrence, EW.com, "Idris Elba and Ruth Wilson react to killer Luther season finale, tease possible movie," 24 June 2019

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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 How to pronounce declare (audio) \
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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