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.
Recent Examples on the Web Jolson would famously exclaim when the audience would beg for more — and then keep performing, way past the stagehands’ overtime call. New York Times, 30 Mar. 2022 Whoa, some might exclaim, this is like one of those wild conspiracy theory notions, for which a lot of oddball and unlikely elements would need to line-up for this to become real. Lance Eliot, Forbes, 28 Oct. 2021 There, the two did some business that caused Josh to exclaim an apology to his mom, knowing that the cameras were rolling. Kimi Robinson, The Arizona Republic, 22 July 2021 Rubin speaks his language, but is also wise enough – and enamored by the opportunity – to mostly listen, smile and exclaim. Melissa Ruggieri, USA TODAY, 16 July 2021 It’s way more than just preparing to get excited and exclaim in a game-winning moment. Sam Farmer, Los Angeles Times, 4 Apr. 2021 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, 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, 24 Oct. 2020 Dean Unglert agreed, exclaiming that the pair should date. Ineye Komonibo, refinery29.com, 13 Mar. 2020 See More

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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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“Exclaim.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/exclaim. Accessed 22 May. 2022.

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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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