Definition of proclaim
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
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.
Recent Examples of proclaim from the Web
But on Friday, Wilson proclaimed himself 100 percent healthy, and Carroll noted that his arm strength appears better ever.
Eighty-four U.S. mayors representing 40 million Americans also proclaimed their support for the Paris Agreement, in a separate joint statement.
The nonprofit has seen more companies proclaiming that their businesses are trans-friendly and instituting fair employment policies.
The Word of God was proclaimed offering the promise of peaceful rest unburdened in life eternal for their son.
ISIS loudly proclaims its ultimate ambition--a global caliphate secured through a global war.
The United Nations has proclaimed 2017 the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development with a goal of promoting positive change in travel with regard to social inclusion, environmental protection and economic equality.
The answer was never quite spelled out, but Kevin’s long history of proclaiming his love of family and home while partaking in self-destructive actions, as well as his preoccupation with Nora throughout the episode, suggested what was going on.
In 2017, a flurry of rappers including Troy Ave and Boosie Badazz have proclaimed themselves to be the second coming of Tupac.
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Did You Know?
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.
Synonym Discussion of proclaim
PROCLAIM Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of proclaim for English Language Learners
: to say or state (something) in a public, official, or definite way : to declare or announce (something)
: to show (something) clearly
PROCLAIM Defined for Kids
Word Root of proclaim
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.
Legal Definition of proclaim
: to declare or declare to be solemnly, officially, or formally proclaim an amnesty
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