ex·​claim | \ik-ˈsklām \
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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The officers exclaimed that the man had a gun, according to a lawsuit from Hill's family, and so the 30-year-old closed his door. Josh Magness, miamiherald, "'Are y'all serious?' Jury gives 4 cents to family of black man killed by Florida cop," 1 June 2018 In Denmark, where celebrating the Fourth of July has become an annual event, more than 8,000 revelers gathered, even though the main speaker, Premier Hilmar Baunsgaard, exclaimed that the Danish government did not agree with U.S. policy in Vietnam. Marissa Vonesh, Smithsonian, "How the Fourth of July Was Celebrated (and Protested) in 1968," 3 July 2018 Colbert exclaimed in reaction to the incorrect headline. Erin Jensen, USA TODAY, "Stephen Colbert apologizes to Trump, says 'CNN lies' after mistaking his show for 'SNL'," 30 Mar. 2018 Trump exclaimed, citing text messages between the FBI officials Peter Strzok and Lisa Page. Jeremy Herb, CNN, "From Reddit to Trump: How the President latched onto a conspiracy theory," 6 June 2018 Stanton exclaimed over the style and made herself up in the same way. Lorraine Boissoneault, Smithsonian, "Amelia Bloomer Didn’t Mean to Start a Fashion Revolution, But Her Name Became Synonymous With Trousers," 24 May 2018 Kevin Scollan exclaimed in one Team Leitrim group email exchange, upon seeing a picture of Joe Geheran, noting one physical resemblance to Palmer. The Washington Post, NOLA.com, "Hall of Fame pitcher Jim Palmer long wondered if he's related to JFK; at 72, he learned the truth," 12 May 2018 Although hesitant at first, the girls grew more excited after trying them on and exclaimed compliments to each other or trading different dresses. Kendra Parks, NOLA.com, "UsTrendy Founder empowers young women with dream dresses," 30 Apr. 2018 Bergen exclaimed, grinning and pointing at the screen. Andrew Selsky, The Seattle Times, "Tons of legal marijuana leave Oregon regulators awash in data," 26 Apr. 2018

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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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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 \
exclaimed; exclaiming

Kids Definition of exclaim

: to speak or cry out suddenly or with strong feeling

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