[ proh-kleym, pruh- ]
/ proʊˈkleɪm, prə- /

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

to make a proclamation.

Nearby words

  1. prochondral,
  2. prochoos,
  3. prochronism,
  4. prochymosin,
  5. procidentia,
  6. proclamation,
  7. proclinate,
  8. proclitic,
  9. proclivity,
  10. proclus

Origin of proclaim

1350–1400; Middle English < Latin prōclāmāre to cry out. See pro-1, claim

Related forms

Synonym study

1. See announce. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for proclaim


/ (prəˈkleɪm) /

verb (tr)

(may take a clause as object) to announce publicly
(may take a clause as object) to show or indicate plainly
to praise or extol
Derived Formsproclaimer, nounproclamation (ˌprɒkləˈmeɪʃən), nounproclamatory (prəˈklæmətərɪ, -trɪ), adjective

Word Origin for proclaim

C14: from Latin prōclāmāre to shout aloud

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Word Origin and History for proclaim



late 14c., proclamen, from Latin proclamare "cry or call out," from pro- "forth" (see pro-) + clamare "to cry out" (see claim (v.)). Spelling altered by influence of claim. Related: Proclaimed; proclaiming; proclaimer.

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