ex·​claim | \ ik-ˈsklām How to pronounce exclaim (audio) \
exclaimed; exclaiming; exclaims

Definition of exclaim

intransitive verb

1 : to cry out or speak in strong or sudden emotion exclaimed in delight
2 : to speak loudly or vehemently exclaimed against immorality

transitive verb

: to utter sharply, passionately, or vehemently : proclaim

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Other Words from exclaim

exclaimer noun

Examples of exclaim in a Sentence

“Here he comes!” someone exclaimed. She exclaimed in delight over the Christmas tree. The children exclaimed with wonder when they saw the elephant.
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Recent Examples on the Web As the deputies continue to try to get Ward out of the car, Blount exclaims that Ward bit him. Eliott C. Mclaughlin And Stella Chan, CNN, "California deputy on leave after violently removing carjacking victim from vehicle, sheriff says," 23 Dec. 2019 Sanders exclaimed after signing his declaration of candidacy. Caitlin Conant, CBS News, "2020 Daily Trail Markers: Trump campaign responds to Twitter ban on political ads," 31 Oct. 2019 Holy mackerel!’’ Frey exclaimed after opening another card that played music. Daily Herald, BostonGlobe.com, "A Utah veteran turning 101 gets over 5,000 birthday cards," 16 June 2019 Gray exclaimed before finishing things off with a setting spray. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Watch Catriona Gray Do the Makeup She Wore to Win Miss Universe," 20 Feb. 2019 On July 24, 1920, a front-page feature by the Boston Post exclaimed that Ponzi was able to double an investors’ funds in as little as three months. Aaliyah Gibson, chicagotribune.com, "Scams and shams: The biggest frauds in business," 1 Nov. 2019 Frank keeps exclaiming to himself and those around him, but his complaints fall on deaf ears. Jordan Mintzer, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Those Who Work' ('Ceux qui travaillent'): Film Review," 15 Oct. 2019 Lowe exclaimed after last week’s 28-19 victory over Wilsonville. Andrew Nemec | The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, "Lake Oswego’s Steve Coury named All-American Bowl head coach; Parkrose’s Keanon Lowe named assistant coach," 5 Nov. 2019 Ehlinger exclaimed following the Longhorns’ 42-31 win. Nick Moyle, ExpressNews.com, "Tricky Texas still has some secrets left for Oklahoma," 9 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of exclaim

1566, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

History and Etymology for exclaim

Middle French exclamer, from Latin exclamare, from ex- + clamare to cry out — more at claim

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The first known use of exclaim was in 1566

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19 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Exclaim.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/exclaim. Accessed 25 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of exclaim

: to say (something) in an enthusiastic or forceful way
: to cry out or speak suddenly or with strong feeling


ex·​claim | \ ik-ˈsklām How to pronounce exclaim (audio) \
exclaimed; exclaiming

Kids Definition of exclaim

: to speak or cry out suddenly or with strong feeling

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