Declare Definition

declared, declares, declaring
declared, declares, declaring
To make clearly known; state or announce openly, formally, etc.
Webster's New World
To show or reveal.
Webster's New World
To say positively or emphatically.
Webster's New World
To make a declaration.
Webster's New World
To make a statement, or account, of (taxable goods), as at customs.
Webster's New World
declare war
  • To state formally the intention to carry on armed hostilities against.
  • To state one's intent to suppress or eradicate:

    declared war on drug dealing in the neighborhood.

American Heritage
declare oneself
  • to state strongly one's opinion
  • to reveal one's true character, identity, etc.
Webster's New World
I do declare!
  • I am surprised, startled, etc.
Webster's New World

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Origin of Declare

  • Middle English declaren from Old French declarer from Latin dēclārāre dē- intensive pref. de– clārāre to make clear (from clārus clear kelə-2 in Indo-European roots)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old French declarer, from Latin dēclārāre (“to make clear”), from de- + clārus (“clear”).

    From Wiktionary

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