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verb (used with object)
  1. to welcome or salute with shouts or sounds of joy and approval; applaud: to acclaim the conquering heroes.
  2. to announce or proclaim with enthusiastic approval: to acclaim the new king.
verb (used without object)
  1. to make acclamation; applaud.

Origin of acclaim

From the Latin word acclāmāre, dating back to 1630–40. See ac-, claim
Related formsac·claim·er, nounre·ac·claim, verb (used with object)un·ac·claimed, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for unacclaimed

Historical Examples of unacclaimed

  • Unacclaimed he went through the crowd toward the Upper—he who had risked life and limb to amuse them for a week!

    The Eternal Boy

    Owen Johnson

British Dictionary definitions for unacclaimed


  1. (tr) to acknowledge publicly the excellence of (a person, act, etc)
  2. to salute with cheering, clapping, etc; applaud
  3. (tr) to acknowledge publicly that (a person) has (some position, quality, etc)they acclaimed him king
  1. an enthusiastic approval, expression of enthusiasm, etc
Derived Formsacclaimer, noun

Word Origin for acclaim

C17: from Latin acclāmāre to shout at, shout applause, from ad- to + clamāre to shout
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Word Origin and History for unacclaimed



early 14c., "to lay claim to," from Latin acclamare "to cry out at" (see acclamation); the meaning "to applaud" is recorded by 1630s. Related: Acclaimed; acclaiming.



"act of acclaiming," 1667 (in Milton), from acclaim (v.).

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