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[ik-skleym] /ɪkˈskleɪm/
verb (used without object)
to cry out or speak suddenly and vehemently, as in surprise, strong emotion, or protest.
verb (used with object)
to cry out; say loudly or vehemently.
Origin of exclaim
1560-70; earlier exclame < Latin exclāmāre to cry out. See ex-1, claim
Related forms
exclaimer, noun
unexclaiming, adjective
1, 2. shout, proclaim, vociferate; yell, shriek, scream, holler, howl. Unabridged
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  • As they grasp the hands held out to them they exclaim, "God bless you!"

  • I 'll tell you experiences of mine, and you 'll exclaim at every step, 'How could that be?'

    Tony Butler Charles James Lever
  • As soon as you see him, you must give a shout of surprise, exclaim, 'My dear uncle!'

    The Memoires of Casanova, Complete Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
  • Surprise made Jaffir exclaim, but he wasn't prepared to deny that.

    The Rescue Joseph Conrad
  • Overcoming a nervous contraction of the windpipe, I had managed to exclaim "Captain Falk!"

    Falk Joseph Conrad
British Dictionary definitions for exclaim


to cry out or speak suddenly or excitedly, as from surprise, delight, horror, etc
Derived Forms
exclaimer, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin exclāmāre, from clāmāre to shout
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Word Origin and History for exclaim

1560s, back-formation from exclamation or else from Middle French exclamer (16c.), from Latin exclamare "cry out loud," from ex- intensive prefix "out" (see ex-) + clamare "cry, shout, call" (see claim (v.)). Spelling influenced by claim. Related: Exclaimed; exclaiming.

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