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declare

verb

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1 to make known openly or publicly
  • she chose to declare her presidential aspirations at her college alma mater

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2 to state as a fact usually forcefully
  • she would declare her innocence to the whole world if she could

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3 to state clearly and strongly
  • our guest enthusiastically declared that the pie was the best he had ever eaten

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4 to make known (something abstract) through outward signs
  • though she was silent, her expression declared her unwillingness to go along with the others

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How does the verb declare differ from other similar words?

Some common synonyms of declare are announce, proclaim, and promulgate. While all these words mean "to make known publicly," declare implies explicitness and usually formality in making known.

the referee declared the contest a draw

Where would announce be a reasonable alternative to declare?

The meanings of announce and declare largely overlap; however, announce implies the declaration of something for the first time.

announced their engagement at a party

When might proclaim be a better fit than declare?

While the synonyms proclaim and declare are close in meaning, proclaim implies declaring clearly, forcefully, and authoritatively.

the president proclaimed a national day of mourning

In what contexts can promulgate take the place of declare?

The words promulgate and declare can be used in similar contexts, but promulgate implies the proclaiming of a dogma, doctrine, or law.

promulgated an edict of religious toleration

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

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“Declare.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/declare. Accessed 13 Aug. 2020.

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