Definition of proclaim
1 a : 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>
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.
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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