[ uh-kleym ]
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verb (used with object)
  1. to welcome or salute with shouts or sounds of joy and approval; applaud: to acclaim the conquering heroes.

  2. to announce or proclaim with enthusiastic approval: to acclaim the new king.

verb (used without object)
  1. to make acclamation; applaud.

Origin of acclaim

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

Other words from acclaim

  • ac·claim·er, noun
  • re·ac·claim, verb (used with object)
  • un·ac·claimed, adjective

Words Nearby acclaim Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use acclaim in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for acclaim


/ (əˈkleɪm) /

  1. (tr) to acknowledge publicly the excellence of (a person, act, etc)

  2. to salute with cheering, clapping, etc; applaud

  1. (tr) to acknowledge publicly that (a person) has (some position, quality, etc): they acclaimed him king

  1. an enthusiastic approval, expression of enthusiasm, etc

Origin of acclaim

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

Derived forms of acclaim

  • acclaimer, noun

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