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exclaim

Line breaks: ex|claim
Pronunciation: /ɪkˈskleɪm
 
, ɛk-/

Definition of exclaim in English:

verb

[no object]
Cry out suddenly in surprise, strong emotion, or pain: [with direct speech]: ‘Well I never,’ she exclaimed she looked in the mirror, exclaiming in dismay at her appearance
More example sentences
  • Her feet stumbled on rocks, and she kept following, afraid but unable to scream for help or to exclaim in surprise.
  • I wasn't screaming or shouting or exclaiming, just calmly saying the truth.
  • Danielle suddenly exclaimed, hurrying to the window to look out again.
Synonyms
cry out, cry, declare, come out with, burst out with, blurt out, utter suddenly;

Origin

late 16th century: from French exclamer or Latin exclamare, from ex- 'out' + clamare 'to shout'.

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