[ proh-kleym, pruh- ]
See synonyms for: proclaimproclaimedproclaimingproclaims on

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.

  1. to indicate or make known publicly or openly.

  2. to extol or praise publicly: Let them proclaim the Lord.

  3. to declare (a territory, district, etc.) subject to particular legal restrictions.

  4. to declare to be an outlaw, evildoer, or the like.

  5. to denounce or prohibit publicly.

verb (used without object)
  1. to make a proclamation.

Origin of proclaim

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English, from Latin prōclāmāre “to cry out”; equivalent to pro-1 + claim

synonym study For proclaim

1. See announce.

Other words for proclaim

Other words from proclaim

  • pro·claim·er, noun
  • re·pro·claim, verb (used with object)
  • self-pro·claimed, adjective
  • self-pro·claim·ing, adjective
  • un·pro·claimed, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use proclaim in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for proclaim


/ (prəˈkleɪm) /

  1. (may take a clause as object) to announce publicly

  2. (may take a clause as object) to show or indicate plainly

  1. to praise or extol

Origin of proclaim

C14: from Latin prōclāmāre to shout aloud

Derived forms of proclaim

  • proclaimer, noun
  • proclamation (ˌprɒkləˈmeɪʃən), noun
  • proclamatory (prəˈklæmətərɪ, -trɪ), adjective

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