Definition of exclaim
1 : to cry out or speak in strong or sudden emotion exclaimed in delight
2 : to speak loudly or vehemently exclaimed against immorality
: to utter sharply, passionately, or vehemently : proclaim
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 of exclaim from the Web
Frankenstein exclaimed after bringing a body back to life.
Danny Jackson, a plumber in his 15th year living at Harbor Point Estates, exclaimed.
Thomson exclaimed in a 1916 article in Popular Science.
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Origin and Etymology of exclaim
Middle French exclamer, from Latin exclamare, from ex- + clamare to cry out — more at claim
First Known Use: 1566
EXCLAIM Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of exclaim for English Language Learners
: to say (something) in an enthusiastic or forceful way
: to cry out or speak suddenly or with strong feeling
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Definition of exclaim for Students
: to speak or cry out suddenly or with strong feeling
Word Root of exclaim
The Latin word clamāre, meaning “to shout” or “to cry out,” gives us the root clam and its form claim. Words from the Latin clamāre have something to do with shouting. To exclaim is to cry out in a sudden or emotional way. To proclaim is to announce or shout something publicly. Clamor is noisy shouting.
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