pro·claim | \ prō-ˈklām , prə- \
proclaimed; proclaiming; proclaims

Definition of proclaim 

transitive verb

1a : to declare publicly, typically insistently, proudly, or defiantly and in either speech or writing : announce

b : to give outward indication of : show his manner proclaimed his genteel upbringing

2 : to declare or declare to be solemnly, officially, or formally proclaim an amnesty proclaim the country a republic

3 : to praise or glorify openly or publicly : extol proclaimed the rescue workers' efforts

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Other words from proclaim

proclaimer noun

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declare, announce, proclaim, promulgate mean to make known publicly. declare implies explicitness and usually formality in making known. the referee declared the contest a draw announce implies the declaration of something for the first time. announced their engagement at a party proclaim implies declaring clearly, forcefully, and authoritatively. the president proclaimed a national day of mourning promulgate implies the proclaiming of a dogma, doctrine, or law. promulgated an edict of religious toleration

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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.

Examples of proclaim in a Sentence

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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This in turn is fueling concerns in Washington and among U.S. allies in Europe that Trump may proclaim the Helsinki meeting a breakthrough without extracting any real concessions. Henry Meyer,, "Putin is preparing a deal Trump can tout after summit," 6 July 2018 Egypt faces World Cup host Russia in Saint Petersburg needing points after succumbing to Jose Gimenez's 89th-minute header while Salah, who had been proclaimed fit, remained rooted to the bench. Avi Creditor,, "LIVE: Salah Returns for Egypt in Must-Have World Cup Match vs. Russia," 19 June 2018 No sane baseball expert who has watched Tebow play has proclaimed Tebow has a major-league swing. Josh Peter, USA TODAY, "Tim Tebow has shown signs he's improving as a baseball player," 11 June 2018 Lightwine appeared in front of a judge Friday for her sentencing, wearing a T-shirt proclaiming her innocence. Kaitlyn Schwers, kansascity, "Mom pleaded guilty to son's death. T-shirt she wore at sentencing proclaims innocence," 30 June 2018 The Cabin at the End of the World would be scary enough as a supernatural story about four people proclaiming to be the messengers of the apocalypse. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "Paul Tremblay’s apocalyptic novel The Cabin at the End of the World is a parents’ worst nightmare," 30 June 2018 Newspaper and magazine stories proclaimed Sherrill the highest paid person on any college campus. Andy Staples,, "The Message Behind the Money: How Texas A&M Landed Jimbo Fisher," 28 June 2018 Prior to his murder trial, Al-Amin released a statement proclaiming his innocence and empathy for the family of Kinchen. Obaid H. Siddiqui, The Root, "The Unofficial Gag Order of Jamil Al-Amin (H. Rap Brown): 16 Years in Prison, Still Not Allowed to Speak," 30 May 2018 And this week he's been making headlines left and right, including proclaiming his love for President Trump. Harmeet Kaur, CNN, "Kanye West just said 400 years of slavery was a choice," 1 May 2018

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First Known Use of proclaim

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for proclaim

Middle English proclamen, from Anglo-French or Latin; Anglo-French proclamer, from Latin proclamare, from pro- before + clamare to cry out — more at pro-, claim

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The first known use of proclaim was in the 14th century

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English Language Learners Definition of proclaim

: to say or state (something) in a public, official, or definite way : to declare or announce (something)

: to show (something) clearly


pro·claim | \ prō-ˈklām \
proclaimed; proclaiming

Kids Definition of proclaim

: to announce publicly : declare The president proclaimed a holiday.


transitive verb
pro·claim | \ prō-ˈklām \

Legal Definition of proclaim 

: to declare or declare to be solemnly, officially, or formally proclaim an amnesty

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