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
Between them, IS and the coalition have destroyed too many shrines and mosques to leave much of historic value, including the al-Nuri mosque dating back to Crusader times from where Mr Baghdadi proclaimed himself caliph.
In announcing the test in a special TV broadcast Monday, North Korean officials proclaimed that the country had achieved an ICBM capability that would safeguard the communist government from attacks by the United States and other adversaries.
Former general manager Dave Dombrowski once proclaimed Rondon the Tigers’ closer of the future.
Davis was honored Tuesday night when Chirico proclaimed June 30, 2017, as Pamela Meyer Davis Day in the City of Naperville.
Afterward, Grassley proclaimed that Judiciary would now take the Senate lead on allegations of obstruction of justice—which would mean calling Rosenstein, among others, to testify, an appearance that could trigger the deputy A.G.’s recusal.
The ad denounced the candidate's racist views as being against Columbia's values, but proclaimed his right to free speech.
According to the United Nations’ website, an official day to honor the practice was first proclaimed in December of 2014.
Like every president since Eisenhower, Trump proclaimed May 1 to be Loyalty Day—the occasion first invented during the Red Scare of the 1920s to counter the traditional pro-worker May Day.
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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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