Definition of proclaim
- his manner proclaimed his genteel upbringing
- proclaim an amnesty
- proclaim the country a republic
- proclaimed the rescue workers' efforts
She proclaimed that she will run for governor.
The President proclaimed a national day of mourning.
He took command of the government and proclaimed himself emperor.
The magazine proclaimed him to be the best player in baseball.
He proclaimed his love for her in a poem.
His behavior proclaimed his good upbringing.
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The pro- in proclaim means "forward, out", so a proclamation is an "outward" statement intended for the public. We often think of proclamations as something issued by monarchs or dictators, but Lincoln was able to issue his Emancipation Proclamation because as president he had the power to free the slaves in certain areas. At a slightly lower level, a governor may proclaim a day in honor of the state's firemen, a movie critic may proclaim a director to be the best of all, or you may proclaim your New Year's resolutions to a crowd of friends.
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