verb pro·claim \prō-ˈklām, prə-\

Definition of proclaim

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1a :  to declare publicly, typically insistently, proudly, or defiantly and in either speech or writing :  announceb :  to give outward indication of :  show his manner proclaimed his genteel upbringing

  3. 2 :  to declare or declare to be solemnly, officially, or formally proclaim an amnesty proclaim the country a republic

  4. 3 :  to praise or glorify openly or publicly :  extol proclaimed the rescue workers' efforts



Examples of proclaim in a sentence

  1. She proclaimed that she will run for governor.

  2. The President proclaimed a national day of mourning.

  3. He took command of the government and proclaimed himself emperor.

  4. The magazine proclaimed him to be the best player in baseball.

  5. He proclaimed his love for her in a poem.

  6. 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.

Origin and Etymology of 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

First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of proclaim

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

PROCLAIM Defined for English Language Learners


verb pro·claim \prō-ˈklām, prə-\

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


verb pro·claim \prō-ˈklām\

Definition of proclaim for Students




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

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.

Law Dictionary


transitive verb pro·claim \prō-ˈklām\

Legal Definition of proclaim

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

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