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 The wine was officially unveiled during a nighttime gala at the winery, complete with an emcee, a world-renowned champagne expert to exclaim its virtues, and an apparently famous Slovenian singer crooning lengthy ballads from a balcony. Washington Post, "The top 12 wine bargains of 2020 include an outstanding boxed malbec for the equivalent of $5 a bottle," 23 Dec. 2020 As Lozada shows, some Trump books exclaim over the norms that this Administration has broken; others take a longer view, considering the White House’s channelling of dark American traditions. Katy Waldman, The New Yorker, "The Lessons of Reading Every Book About Trump," 24 Oct. 2020 Dean Unglert agreed, exclaiming that the pair should date. Ineye Komonibo, refinery29.com, "How Do We Feel About This Kelley Flanagan & Nick Viall Photo?," 13 Mar. 2020 Perry exclaimed, walking off before she was coaxed back to her chair by Richie. Matthew Wilson, USA TODAY, "'American Idol' goes to Hollywood Week: See who made the cut," 18 Mar. 2020 Still, no one is going to exclaim that Gabriel is anywhere close to a finished product. Brian Murphy, orlandosentinel.com, "UCF quarterback Dillon Gabriel shows off rushing skills as he gains confidence," 23 Oct. 2019 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

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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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“Exclaim.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/exclaim. Accessed 4 Mar. 2021.

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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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