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

  • And the crowd which acclaimed her, the frantic crowd, followed in her wake.

  • Those acclamations were not for him, although those who acclaimed him thought so.

    The Shame of Motley

    Raphael Sabatini

  • The voice was the voice that had acclaimed his cousin Francesco Duke.


    Raphael Sabatini

  • Rome had acclaimed the Cæsar and rejoiced over his homecoming.

    "Unto Caesar"

    Baroness Emmuska Orczy

  • It flew, spread out, flaunting in the wind, acclaimed by his followers.

British Dictionary definitions for acclaimed


  1. (tr) to acknowledge publicly the excellence of (a person, act, etc)
  2. to salute with cheering, clapping, etc; applaud
  3. (tr) to acknowledge publicly that (a person) has (some position, quality, etc)they acclaimed him king
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  1. an enthusiastic approval, expression of enthusiasm, etc
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Derived Formsacclaimer, noun

Word Origin

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



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.

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

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