to announce or declare in an official or formal manner: to proclaim war.
to announce or declare in an open or ostentatious way: to proclaim one's opinions.
to indicate or make known publicly or openly.
to extol or praise publicly: Let them proclaim the Lord.
to declare (a territory, district, etc.) subject to particular legal restrictions.
to declare to be an outlaw, evildoer, or the like.
to denounce or prohibit publicly.
to make a proclamation.
- pro·claim·er, noun
- re·pro·claim, verb (used with object)
- self-pro·claimed, adjective
- self-pro·claim·ing, adjective
- un·pro·claimed, adjective
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How to use proclaim in a sentence
How do you feel about the headlines proclaiming you were born a man?Exclusive: Michael Phelps’s Intersex Self-Proclaimed Girlfriend, Taylor Lianne Chandler, Tells All | Aurora Snow | November 26, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The actor (The Wire, Treme) and activist made no bones about his political leanings, proclaiming himself “a real live lefty.”
The idea of a soap being advertised as gluten-free struck me as ludicrous—roughly on par with a shampoo proclaiming to be low fat.Celiac or Not, Gluten Free Dish Soap Is Ridiculous | Russell Saunders | July 16, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
He has done all this while proclaiming his support for the government.
Those same Maple and Brown Sugar packets bear an FDA-approved seal proclaiming them heart healthy.
He could not denounce her without proclaiming his own shame, and the clever woman traded on that.The Weight of the Crown | Fred M. White
And when I started out on my errand I was more or less in the dark until I heard those dreadful newsboys proclaiming the tragedy.The Weight of the Crown | Fred M. White
Mr. Blaithwait wrote to the Governor and recommended the proclaiming of King James without delay.The Loyalists of America and Their Times, Vol. 1 of 2 | Egerton Ryerson
The same night arrived a firman from the sultan, proclaiming Ibrahim Pasha of Allahissar.Jack Harkaway's Boy Tinker Among The Turks | Bracebridge Hemyng
Mind you, I am not proclaiming that I am the only person who has said this.Daisy Ashford: Her Book | Daisy Ashford
British Dictionary definitions for proclaim
(may take a clause as object) to announce publicly
(may take a clause as object) to show or indicate plainly
to praise or extol
- proclaimer, noun
- proclamation (ˌprɒkləˈmeɪʃən), noun
- proclamatory (prəˈklæmətərɪ, -trɪ), adjective
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