declare

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verb de·clare \di-ˈkler\

Definition of declare

declared

declaring

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to make known formally, officially, or explicitly

  3. 2 obsolete :  to make clear

  4. 3 :  to make evident :  show

  5. 4 :  to state emphatically :  affirm <declares his innocence>

  6. 5 :  to make a full statement of (one's taxable or dutiable property)

  7. 6 a :  to announce (as a trump suit) in a card game b :  meld

  8. 7 :  to make payable <declare a dividend>

  9. intransitive verb
  10. 1 :  to make a declaration

  11. 2 :  to avow one's opinion or support

  12. 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?

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


First Known Use: 14th century

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

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verb de·clare \di-ˈkler\

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

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verb de·clare \di-ˈkler\

Definition of declare for Students

declared

declaring

  1. 1 :  to make known in a clear or formal way <The judges declared the race a tie.>

  2. 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>


Law Dictionary

declare

transitive verb de·clare

Legal Definition of declare

declared

declaring

  1. 1 :  to make known formally, officially, or explicitly <declaring who shall then act as President — U.S. Constitution amend. XX>

  2. 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. 3 :  to make payable <declare dividends>

declarer

noun


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