[ ik-skleym ]
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verb (used without object)
  1. to cry out or speak suddenly and vehemently, as in surprise, strong emotion, or protest.

verb (used with object)
  1. to cry out; say loudly or vehemently.

Origin of exclaim

1560–70; earlier exclame<Latin exclāmāre to cry out. See ex-1, claim

Other words for exclaim

Other words from exclaim

  • ex·claim·er, noun
  • un·ex·claim·ing, adjective

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How to use exclaim in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for exclaim


/ (ɪkˈskleɪm) /

  1. to cry out or speak suddenly or excitedly, as from surprise, delight, horror, etc

Origin of exclaim

C16: from Latin exclāmāre, from clāmāre to shout

Derived forms of exclaim

  • exclaimer, noun

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