Definition of declaration in English:


Line breaks: dec¦lar|ation
Pronunciation: /dɛkləˈreɪʃ(ə)n


  • 1A formal or explicit statement or announcement: a declaration of love
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    • He issued new declarations of love and promised to tell Ms. Turner about their relationship.
    • Marriage and civil union, of course, have an explicit declaration of commitment and interdependence that may be missing in a de facto relationship.
    • He made the declarations while responding to reporters' questions on the bilateral debt forgiveness agreement during yesterday's post-Cabinet news conference at Whitehall.
    announcement, statement, communication, pronouncement, proclamation, memorandum, bulletin, communiqué, dispatch, report, edict, manifesto; North American advisory; in Spanish-speaking countries pronunciamento; Latin ipse dixit
    informal memo
    rare rescript
  • 1.1The formal announcement of the beginning of a state or condition: the declaration of war
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    • Similarly, under a series of Supreme Court decisions, civilians cannot be court-martialed in the absence of a formal declaration of war.
    • Border clashes began in 1928 and in 1932, despite mediation efforts, full-scale war erupted, although formal declarations of war were not made until 1933.
    • Hitler's Polish campaign, and then the attack on the USSR, were launched without formal declarations of war.
    proclamation, notification, announcement, revelation, disclosure, broadcasting, promulgation
    archaic annunciation
    rare asseveration
  • 1.2A written public announcement of intentions or of the terms of an agreement: all students must sign the following declaration
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    • Mozer said that even though the party leaders did not sign a declaration or an agreement, it was very important that they had discussed their positions and relations.
    • The declaration is an agreement signed by many colleges to carry out initiatives designed to promote environmentalism.
    • Thus, in 1933 Gadamer, along with other Marburg professors, signed a public declaration of allegiance to the National Socialist state.
    assertion, profession, affirmation, acknowledgement, revelation, disclosure, manifestation, confirmation, proof, testimony, validation, certification, attestation; pledge, avowal, vow, oath, guarantee, protestation
    rare asseveration, averment, maintenance
  • 1.3 (also declaration of the poll) British A public official announcement of the votes cast for candidates in an election.
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    • The learned Attorney General finally submitted that a returning officer has no power to conduct a recount once the declaration of the poll declaring a candidate to be duly elected has been made.
    • The words ‘directly chosen by the people’… are to be read, therefore, as referring to a process - the process which commences when an election is called, and ends with the declaration of the poll.
    • It must be a matter of minutes now to the declaration of the poll.
  • 1.4 Law A plaintiff’s statement of claims in proceedings.
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    • The plaintiff requests a declaration in her draft amended statement of claim.
    • By cross-motion the plaintiff sought a declaration that the settlement and final release were void.
    • Nevertheless, the plaintiffs sought a declaration that they were entitled to the benefit of that covenant and an order restraining the defendants from building in breach of it.
  • 1.5 Law An affirmation made in place of an oath.
  • 1.6The naming of trumps in bridge, whist, or a similar card game.
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    • He then discards any 3 cards, excluding 4 point cards (kings, or the 1,21, or 22 of trumps), those used in declarations, or trumps.
  • 1.7An announcement of a combination held in certain card games.
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    • Deliberately not announcing a combination is known as sinking a declaration.
    • A revelation overcalls a declaration and, given the same level, an earlier player has priority.
    • After the round of declarations, tokens are awarded or side bets resolved in exactly the same way as for stage one, described above.
  • 2 Cricket An act of declaring an innings closed.
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    • Warwickshire closed on 70 for 3, and unless there is a clatter of wickets or a generous declaration by Nick Knight this match is drifting to a draw.
    • They batted positively in their second innings to set up a declaration late in the day, and then managed to snap up a late wicket to enhance their position.
    • Warne was finally dismissed for 75, and the declaration came immediately after Hodge reached his double-century.


late Middle English: from Latin declaratio(n-), from declarare 'make quite clear' (see declare).

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