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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declarable \ di-​ˈkler-​ə-​bəl How to pronounce declarable (audio) \ adjective

Choose the Right Synonym for 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

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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Recent Examples on the Web In a show of petulance, UMNO has refused to declare Bersatu an official ally. The Economist, "Muhyiddin’s mess Malaysia’s shaky government dodges a no-confidence motion," 23 May 2020 The lawsuit asks the judge to declare the local orders unconstitutional and void them all, claiming violations of the constitutional rights of assembly, free speech, exercise of religion and equal protection. USA TODAY, "Casinos, churches, contact tracing: News from around our 50 states," 22 May 2020 The answer may finally come as a result of a lawsuit filed Thursday in Marion Superior Court by four individuals who want a judge to declare a vacancy during Hill's absence. Crystal Hill, Indianapolis Star, "Lawsuit asks court to declare vacancy during AG Curtis Hill's suspension," 21 May 2020 He retook central Jakarta without firing a single shot, and went on the radio himself to declare the September 30th Movement had been defeated. Vincent Bevins, The New York Review of Books, "How ‘Jakarta’ Became the Codeword for US-Backed Mass Killing," 20 May 2020 On March 11, the World Health Organization declared the coronavirus outbreak a pandemic, and the National Basketball Association season was shut down after Utah’s Rudy Gobert tested positive for the virus. Jeff Potrykus, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Got tickets for postponed sporting events? Here's what we know and where to get more information," 20 May 2020 The cyclical nature of addiction and recovery in the show is mirrored by the dynamic between the cops and the dealers, neither of whom ever gets to really declare victory. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "An Old-School Crime Drama That’s Thoroughly Modern," 18 May 2020 At least, that is, until people developed the western US and declared war on wildfires. Matt Simon, Wired, "Wildfires Already Threaten the West. Then Came Covid-19," 11 May 2020 Every salon, spa or parlor will have to declare a maximum capacity. Briana Rice,, "Hair done, nails done, everything did: Nail, tanning salons among businesses able to reopen May 15," 7 May 2020

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jun. 2020.

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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 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

Choose the Right Synonym for 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.

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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