proclaim

[proh-kleym, pruh-]
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verb (used with object)
  1. to announce or declare in an official or formal manner: to proclaim war.
  2. to announce or declare in an open or ostentatious way: to proclaim one's opinions.
  3. to indicate or make known publicly or openly.
  4. to extol or praise publicly: Let them proclaim the Lord.
  5. to declare (a territory, district, etc.) subject to particular legal restrictions.
  6. to declare to be an outlaw, evildoer, or the like.
  7. to denounce or prohibit publicly.
verb (used without object)
  1. to make a proclamation.

Origin of proclaim

1350–1400; Middle English < Latin prōclāmāre to cry out. See pro-1, claim
Related formspro·claim·er, nounre·pro·claim, verb (used with object)self-pro·claimed, adjectiveself-pro·claim·ing, adjectiveun·pro·claimed, adjective

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1. See announce.
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British Dictionary definitions for proclaim

proclaim

verb (tr)
  1. (may take a clause as object) to announce publicly
  2. (may take a clause as object) to show or indicate plainly
  3. 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
v.

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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