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verb (used with object), de·clared, de·clar·ing.
  1. to make known or state clearly, especially in explicit or formal terms: to declare one's position in a controversy.
  2. to announce officially; proclaim: to declare a state of emergency; to declare a winner.
  3. to state emphatically: He declared that the allegation was a lie.
  4. to manifest; reveal; show: Her attendance at the rally declared her political allegiance.
  5. to make due statement of, especially goods for duty or income for taxation.
  6. to make (a dividend) payable.
  7. Bridge. to bid (a trump suit or no-trump).
verb (used without object), de·clared, de·clar·ing.
  1. to make a declaration.
  2. to proclaim oneself (usually followed by for or against): He declared against the proposal.
  3. Cricket. (of a team) to surrender a turn at bat in an innings before ten players are put out.

Origin of declare

1275–1325; Middle English declaren < Latin dēclārāre to explain, equivalent to dē- de- + clārāre to make clear (clār(us) clear + -āre infinitive suffix)
Related formsde·clar·a·ble, adjectivemis·de·clare, verb, mis·de·clared, mis·de·clar·ing.pre·de·clare, verb (used with object), pre·de·clared, pre·de·clar··de·clare, verb (used with object), re·de·clared, re·de·clar·ing.un·de·clar·a·ble, adjective

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3. Declare, affirm, assert, protest imply making something known emphatically, openly, or formally. To declare is to make known, sometimes in the face of actual or potential contradiction: to declare someone the winner of a contest. To affirm is to make a statement based on one's reputation for knowledge or veracity, or so related to a generally recognized truth that denial is not likely: to affirm the necessity of high standards. To assert is to state boldly, usually without other proof than personal authority or conviction: to assert that the climate is changing. To protest is to affirm publicly, as if in the face of doubt: to protest that a newspaper account is misleading.

Antonyms for declare

3. deny. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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verb (mainly tr)
  1. (may take a clause as object) to make clearly known or announce officiallyto declare one's interests; war was declared
  2. to state officially that (a person, fact, etc) is as specifiedhe declared him fit
  3. (may take a clause as object) to state emphatically; assert
  4. to show, reveal, or manifestthe heavens declare the glory of God
  5. (intr; often foll by for or against) to make known one's choice or opinion
  6. to make a complete statement of (dutiable goods, etc)
  7. (also intr) cards
    1. to display (a card or series of ards) on the table so as to add to one's score
    2. to decide (the trump suit) by making the final bid
  8. (intr) cricket to close an innings voluntarily before all ten wickets have fallen
  9. to authorize the payment of (a dividend) from corporate net profit
Derived Formsdeclarable, adjective

Word Origin for declare

C14: from Latin dēclārāre to make clear, from clārus bright, clear
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Word Origin and History for declare

early 14c., from Old French declarer "explain, elucidate," or directly from Latin declarare "make clear, reveal, disclose, announce," from de- intensive prefix (see de-) + clarare "clarify," from clarus "clear" (see clear (adj.)). Related: Declared; declaring.

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