Definition of proclaim in English:

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Pronunciation: /prəˈklām/
Pronunciation: /prōˈklām/


[with clause]
1Announce officially or publicly: the joint manifesto proclaimed that imperialism would be the coalition’s chief objective [with object]: army commanders proclaimed a state of emergency
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  • The announcer proclaimed that Ty Roberts was up to bat.
  • Suddenly the announcer proclaimed that Beezer had been selected in the fourth round by the Rangers.
  • President Woodrow Wilson, in 1914, made an official announcement proclaiming Mother's Day as a national holiday that was to be held on second Sunday of May.
1.1Declare something one considers important with due emphasis: she proclaimed that what I had said was untrue [with object and infinitive]: he proclaimed the car to be in sound condition
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  • This declaration proclaims that all individuals are equal and entitled to certain freedoms and rights, both socially and culturally.
  • Prior to his assassination, he had proclaimed that Guinea-Bissau would declare its independence from Portugal in that year.
  • The death of Princess Diana set off an explosion that jolted many reporters into proclaiming that human feelings matter - a lot.
assert, declare, profess, maintain, protest
1.2 [with object and complement] Declare officially or publicly to be: he proclaimed James II as King of England
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  • On December 10, 1948 the General Assembly of the United Nations adopted and proclaimed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
  • Durbin misstates Catholic doctrine on both abortion and the death penalty, yet still publicly proclaims himself a ‘practicing Catholic’.
  • Hey, there, Karyn and A.J. Well, the celebration officially proclaiming Prince Albert II ruler of Monaco has begun.
declare, announce, pronounce, state, make known, give out, advertise, publish, broadcast, promulgate, trumpet, blazon
declare, pronounce, announce
1.3 [with object] Demonstrate or indicate clearly: the decor proclaimed a family history of taste and tradition [with object and complement]: he had a rolling gait that proclaimed him a man of the sea
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  • We now invoke a deity when we recite our Pledge of Allegiance, and our currency clearly proclaims the basis of our laws; can compulsory adherence to Christianity be far behind?
  • Even when you are unhappy, your very being proclaims your strength.
  • The message of happy family living is proclaimed loudly as the reality of violence is all but dismissed.
demonstrate, indicate, show, reveal, manifest, betray, testify to, signify



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  • When we, as proclaimers of the gospel, take on the role of storyteller, we continue the oral tradition that is so easily recognizable in the pages of the Old and New Testaments.
  • Craig describes his ministry as one of ‘preparing and renewing women and men to be proclaimers of Jesus Christ.’
  • But he was instead an apostle, an ad hoc theologian, a proclaimer, a charismatic who saw visions and spoke in tongues - and a religious genius.


Pronunciation: /-ˈklaməˌtôrē/
Example sentences
  • Your proclamatory question that Arts Grads. are unashamed of ignorance in things scientific is surely a rhetorical one.
  • Some critics were turned off by Williams' bombastic, proclamatory emceeing, which often made no pretense of rhythmic consistency or tonal variety.
  • Vatican II's style is discursive, not doctrinal; persuasive, not proclamatory.


Late Middle English proclame, from Latin proclamare 'cry out', from pro- 'forth' + clamare 'to shout'. The change in the second syllable was due to association with the verb claim.

Words that rhyme with proclaim

acclaim, aflame, aim, became, blame, came, claim, dame, exclaim, fame, flame, frame, game, lame, maim, misname, name, same, shame, tame

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Syllabification: pro·claim

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