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 formsac·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

Examples from the Web for acclaim

Contemporary Examples of acclaim

Historical Examples of acclaim

  • All the people, high and low, streamed together, to acclaim her.

  • Where there is true greatness, let us acclaim it; where there is true worth, let us prize it—as if it were our own.

    Another Sheaf

    John Galsworthy

  • The system,—they acclaim in one breath,—the system makes us do what we do not wish to do.

    Socialism As It Is

    William English Walling

  • What had once been a matter of survival became a road to acclaim.


    Everett B. Cole

  • This was received with acclaim, but many objected to the mortuary theory.

    The Re-echo Club

    Carolyn Wells

British Dictionary definitions for acclaim



(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 Formsacclaimer, noun

Word Origin for acclaim

C17: from Latin acclāmāre to shout at, shout applause, from ad- to + clamāre to shout
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Word Origin and History for acclaim

early 14c., "to lay claim to," from Latin acclamare "to cry out at" (see acclamation); the meaning "to applaud" is recorded by 1630s. Related: Acclaimed; acclaiming.


"act of acclaiming," 1667 (in Milton), from acclaim (v.).

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