- Proclaim is defined as to announce or declare.
An example of to proclaim is to announce that a fight is over.
- to announce officially; announce to be
- to show to be: acts that proclaimed him a friend
- Rare to outlaw, ban, or otherwise restrict by a proclamation
- to extol
Origin of proclaimMiddle English proclamen ; from Middle French proclamer ; from Classical Latin proclamare ; from pro-, before + clamare, to cry out: see pro- and amp; clamor
transitive verbpro·claimed, pro·claim·ing, pro·claims
- To announce officially and publicly; declare: proclaim a general amnesty for political prisoners; proclaim the suspect to be guilty. See Synonyms at announce.
- To state emphatically or authoritatively; affirm: proclaim one's opposition to an idea.
- To indicate conspicuously; make plain: “A painted longbow jutting over his shoulder proclaimed his profession” (Arthur Conan Doyle).
Origin of proclaimMiddle English proclamen, proclaimen (influenced by claimen, to claim), from Old French proclamer, from Latin prōclāmāre : prō-, forward; see pro–1 + clāmāre, to cry out; see kel&schwa;-2 in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present proclaims, present participle proclaiming, simple past and past participle proclaimed)