Definition of acclaim in English:
- 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.
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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 change in the ending was due to association with claim. Current senses date from the 17th century.
claim from [Middle English]:
Latin clamare ‘to call out’ is the base of English claim. It also gives us acclaim (early 17th century) from ad- ‘to’ and clamare ‘to shout’, and reclaim (Middle English). This was first used as a falconry term in the sense ‘recall’. The sense ‘make land suitable for cultivation’ is recorded from the mid 18th century. Clamour (Late Middle English) comes from the same source.
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