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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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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12 Oct 2019

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The first known use of exclaim was in 1566

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How to pronounce exclaim (audio)

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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