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.
Words that rhyme with acclaimaflame, aim, became, blame, came, claim, dame, exclaim, fame, flame, frame, game, lame, maim, misname, name, proclaim, same, shame, tame
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