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

intransitive verb

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

transitive verb

: to utter sharply, passionately, or vehemently : proclaim
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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Word History


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

First Known Use

1566, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of exclaim was in 1566

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Cite this Entry

“Exclaim.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/exclaim. Accessed 19 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


ex·​claim iks-ˈklām How to pronounce exclaim (audio)
: to cry out or speak suddenly or with strong feeling
exclaimed in delight

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