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Syllabification: ac·claim
Pronunciation: /əˈklām

Definition of acclaim in English:


[with object]
Praise enthusiastically and publicly: the conference was acclaimed as a considerable success [with object and complement]: he was acclaimed a great painter
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  • Then they would be publicly acclaimed as role models for the loyal opposition.
  • They are some of the most committed people i know and should be publicly acclaimed.
  • This as their visiting fans acclaimed their team with a volley of applause that would have done justice to a rookery of seals.
praise, applaud, cheer, commend, approve, welcome, pay tribute to, speak highly of, eulogize, compliment, celebrate, sing the praises of, rave about, heap praise on/upon, wax lyrical about, lionize, exalt, admire, hail, extol, honor, hymn
informal ballyhoo
formal laud
celebrated, admired, highly rated, lionized, honored, esteemed, exalted, well-thought-of, well received, acknowledged;


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Enthusiastic and public praise: she has won acclaim for her commitment to democracy
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  • Barbarian Invasions has won plaudits and critical acclaim in Canada and elsewhere.
  • Since then he has won much acclaim and has had many public commissions, often on a large scale.
  • He has achieved it without sponsorship, riches or public acclaim.


early 17th century (in the sense 'express approval'): from Latin acclamare, from ad- 'to' + clamare 'to shout'. The spelling has been influenced by association with claim. Current senses date from the 17th century.

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