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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Campaigning for the Afghan elections resumed last week after President Donald Trump declared that the U.S.-Taliban talks, which have been going on for months in the Gulf Arab state of Qatar, are over. Washington Post, "Authorities: Separate attacks in Afghanistan kill 48," 18 Sep. 2019 The Florida and Michigan delegates were eventually restored to their positions ahead of the convention, but only after Barack Obama was declared the presumptive nominee. John Sharp | Jsharp@al.com, al, "Is the 2020 Democratic presidential primary in Alabama in jeopardy?," 15 Sep. 2019 The city enacted a ban on sharing food in city parks in October 2017 as a safety measure after the San Diego County Board of Supervisors declared the region’s growing hepatitis A outbreak a public health emergency. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Jeff Davis retiring after nearly 35 years with the El Cajon Police Department," 12 Sep. 2019 That’s still the case today, long after the bunkers were last used and 12 years after the U.S. Navy declared its 5,000 acres south of Highway 4 to be surplus property. John King, SFChronicle.com, "Concord weapons station has fraught history, but development concept has promise," 3 Sep. 2019 There was no hurricane warning in effect in Florida on Thursday, though the governor declared a state of emergency. oregonlive, "Disney’s new Star Wars park, Labor Day weekend and Hurricane Dorian could lead to perfect storm," 29 Aug. 2019 Ultimately, without announcing who voted for whom, the council declared Councilmember Jim Puffenberger would be the new president pro tempore. Jack Greiner, Cincinnati.com, "Strictly Legal: Let the sun shine – Ohio style," 26 Aug. 2019 Thousands of service members have deployed to the U.S.-Mexico border since President Trump declared the porous border a crisis last year. Fox News, "US troops deployed to Mexico border eligible for medal," 21 Aug. 2019 Amid the praise, however, protesters on both sides declared victory — and laid the groundwork for future demonstrations in liberal Portland. Gillian Flaccus, The Seattle Times, "Authorities praised for handling of protests in Portland," 20 Aug. 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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