[ uh-kleym ]
/ əˈkleɪm /

verb (used with object)

to welcome or salute with shouts or sounds of joy and approval; applaud: to acclaim the conquering heroes.
to announce or proclaim with enthusiastic approval: to acclaim the new king.

verb (used without object)

to make acclamation; applaud.


Origin of acclaim

From the Latin word acclāmāre, dating back to 1630–40. See ac-, claim

Related forms

ac·claim·er, nounre·ac·claim, verb (used with object)un·ac·claimed, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for acclaim


/ (əˈkleɪm) /


(tr) to acknowledge publicly the excellence of (a person, act, etc)
to salute with cheering, clapping, etc; applaud
(tr) to acknowledge publicly that (a person) has (some position, quality, etc)they acclaimed him king


an enthusiastic approval, expression of enthusiasm, etc

Derived Forms

acclaimer, noun

Word Origin for acclaim

C17: from Latin acclāmāre to shout at, shout applause, from ad- to + clamāre to shout
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