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

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

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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There's not enough here to declare that Microsoft has failed its every customer. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "How I went from testing a fancy new graphics card to shouting at Windows 10," 24 Nov. 2018 Just last year, Pai sought to declare that the 10 Mbps speed on mobile devices was all the average consumer needed, and could be considered a substitute for in-home broadband services. Makena Kelly, The Verge, "FCC proposes doubling speed requirement for rural broadband," 20 Nov. 2018 Republicans have latched onto the errors to declare fraud, even though there’s no evidence that any of the troubling incidents involve fraud in any way. German Lopez, Vox, "The Florida voter fraud allegations, explained," 12 Nov. 2018 There’s no doubt what this image declares though: Both new GeForce RTX graphics cards will be faster than anything previously released. Brad Chacos, PCWorld, "The GeForce RTX 2080 will be faster than the GTX 1080 Ti, Nvidia says," 13 Sep. 2018 The decision forced Kalinic to watch the surprising run to the World Cup final from home, and now, soccer fans have essentially declared Kalinic the unluckiest player from this World Cup. Andrew Joseph, For The Win, "World Cup fans roast Croatia player who got sent home after the opening match," 11 July 2018 Earlier on Saturday, the fires were also declared a public health emergency, with air quality in Northern California currently the worst in the world. Krystin Arneson, Glamour, "Queen Elizabeth Sent a Message of Support for Meghan Markle's Home State of California," 17 Nov. 2018 She is declared mad and locked in a cage, leaving Dumbo alone. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "New trailer for Disney’s live-action Dumbo captures magic of original," 15 Nov. 2018 If a candidate wins the majority of votes after the first tabulation, he or she is declared the winner. Emily Stewart, Vox, "The 2018 midterm races that still aren’t over," 14 Nov. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'declare.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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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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