Definition of declare in English:


Syllabification: de·clare
Pronunciation: /diˈkle(ə)r


  • 1 [reporting verb] Say something in a solemn and emphatic manner: [with clause]: he declared that he never revises his prose [with direct speech]: “I was under too much pressure,” he declared
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    • He declared in a solemn voice that she had a bad case of typhoid fever - that it was unlikely, at the rate she was deteriorating, that she would survive.
    • Seeing my press badge, she approached and insisted on speaking to me, declaring she was from France and could give me the French perspective.
    • ‘They went crazy,’ he declares with utter incredulity.
    proclaim, announce, state, reveal, air, voice, articulate, express, vent, set forth, publicize, broadcast
    informal come out with, shout from the rooftops
  • 1.1 [with object] Formally announce the beginning of (a state or condition): Spain declared war on Britain in 1796
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    • The Boers declared war on Britain on October 9, 1899, and peace was not declared until May 31, 1902.
    • I wonder if the government has yet declared a State of Emergency.
    • When faced with serious disasters, countries often declare a formal state of emergency.
  • 1.2 [with object and complement] Pronounce or assert (a person or thing) to be something specified: the mansion was declared a fire hazard
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    • What is considered healthy in one decade is declared a hazard next - and years later it is welcomed back to the fold of healthy eating.
    • Some workers are declared legally blind but claim they can see well enough to watch television or drive.
    • This, however, does not mean that Chorny can return to Bulgaria, because the Interior Ministry last autumn issued a further order declaring him persona non grata.
    show to be, reveal as, confirm as, prove to be, attest to someone's being
  • 1.3 [no object] (declare for/against) Openly align oneself for or against (a party or position) in a dispute: Mr. Roosevelt had declared for “a new deal.”
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    • Each day, when one opens a paper and sees an aspirant declaring for a party and saying that he declared for the party because it is the only one that can salvage the country, one knows that it is all lies.
    • It may also give other associations who are holding their fire at the minute out of party loyalty, the push to declare for the DUP.
    • MAYBE A P Cox finds sitting on the fence more comfortable than declaring for or against emission zones.
  • 1.4 [no object] Announce oneself as a candidate for an election: he declared last April
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    • The outcome of that meeting was that Ms Harkin declared as a candidate the following day, while Dr Cowley appeared to leave the door open for his entry into the race by suggesting a pact between himself and Ms Harkin.
    • If you look at all the nine declared Democratic presidential candidates, you are basically at the bottom right now, 2 percent, even below Al Sharpton.
    • Candidates declared to date are Vic Toews for the Conservative party, the incumbent, Peter Epp for the Liberals and Sarah Zaharia for the New Democrats.
  • 1.5 (declare oneself) Reveal one’s intentions or identity.
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    • He's had a big following within the gay community because he was early on such a proponent of the idea of coming out of the closet and declaring yourself.
    • But the GDC has to rely on foreign dentists declaring themselves if they have a criminal conviction.
    • Sometimes it was worth declaring myself and enduring the ‘No, I'm not interested’ conversation so I could emerge raw, bleeding and free on the other side.
  • 1.6 (declare oneself) • archaic Express feelings of love to someone: she waited in vain for him to declare himself
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    • He, however, cannot contain his passionate love, and finally declares himself to her.
    • She waited in vain for him to declare himself.
    • You should have thought of that before you declared yourself to her, Mr. Neville
  • 2 [with object] Acknowledge possession of (taxable income or dutiable goods).
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    • The court was told White filled in and signed one claim form seven months after starting work as a police officer and did not declare her income.
    • Under regulations, adopted by Parliament, lawyers, prosecutors and magistrates are to declare incomes and property with the National Audit Office.
    • The Inland Revenue head office tells me that all taxable income that must be declared on your tax return counts towards the limit.
  • 3 [with object] Announce that one holds (certain combinations of cards) in a card game.
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    • After everyone has declared any combinations they wish to, the player to dealer's left leads to the first trick.
    • A claim can be made after you have won a trick, or immediately after declaring a combination.
    • A claimed trio is a when a player announces a trio right after making a move, instead of a true trio which is declared before dealing any card.


well, I declare (or I do declare)

An exclamation of incredulity, surprise, or vexation.
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  • Biche is more ‘me and my friends’ fluff, the everyday adventures of a British journalist in Paris written by - well, I declare - a British journalist in Paris.
  • ‘Well, I do declare, it's my job to see if any of these poor folks need any old thing,’ Brown said.
  • George, I do declare that you have started to blush!



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  • The Department of Education figures confirm that, in the three 12-month periods between April 1998 and March 2001, Costello was paid €1,451, €2,053 and €1,260, each below the declarable amount.
  • Irish Life and Permanent are the only prospective bidders with an existing declarable shareholding, standing at just 3.1%, but this holding is far too small to deter a bid for the company.
  • The Finance Ministry will have to determine the minimum declarable amount of local or foreign currency.


Pronunciation: /-ˈkle(ə)rəˌtôrē/
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  • Connoisseurs of this ancient ritual often forget…how strange that declaratory style is to any sane modern citizen.
  • South Asia is well known to foreign observers as the home of declaratory policies - in other words, hot air, and little action.
  • It's a very Russian kind of poetry - direct, emotional, declaratory, un-precious.


Pronunciation: /-ˈkle(ə)ridlē/
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  • It is itself, however, declaredly and completely non-violent.
  • Like NATO, the Warsaw Pact was declaredly a defensive alliance.
  • It was not written objectively, despite describing opinions of right and left wings both; I hold declaredly left wing views, and I did not lie to myself in writing it.


Middle English: from Latin declarare, from de- 'thoroughly' + clarare 'make clear' (from clarus 'clear').

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