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Princeton's WordNet

  1. declareverb

    state emphatically and authoritatively

    "He declared that he needed more money to carry out the task he was charged with"

  2. announce, declareverb

    announce publicly or officially

    "The President declared war"

  3. declareverb

    state firmly

    "He declared that he was innocent"

  4. declare, adjudge, holdverb

    declare to be

    "She was declared incompetent"; "judge held that the defendant was innocent"

  5. declareverb

    authorize payments of

    "declare dividends"

  6. declareverb

    designate (a trump suit or no-trump) with the final bid of a hand

  7. declareverb

    make a declaration (of dutiable goods) to a customs official

    "Do you have anything to declare?"

  8. declareverb

    proclaim one's support, sympathy, or opinion for or against

    "His wife declared at once for moving to the West Coast"


  1. declareverb

    To make clear, explain, interpret.

  2. declareverb

    To make a declaration.

  3. declareverb

    To announce one's support, choice, opinion, etc.

    He declared him innocent.

  4. declareverb

    For the captain of the batting side to announce the innings complete even though all batsmen have not been dismissed.

  5. declareverb

    To announce something formally or officially.

  6. declareverb

    To affirm or state something emphatically.

  7. declareverb

    To inform government customs or taxation officials of goods one is importing or of income, expenses, or other circumstances affecting one's taxes.

  8. declareverb

    To make outstanding debts, e.g. taxes, payable.

  9. declareverb

    To explicitly include (a variable) as part of a list of variables, often providing some information about the data it is expected to contain.

    The counter "i" was declared as an integer.

  10. Etymology: From déclarer, from declarare, from de- + clarus.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To DECLAREverb

    Etymology: declaro, Latin.

    To declare this a little, we must assume that the surfaces of such bodies are exactly smooth. Robert Boyle, on Colours.

    It hath been declared unto some of you, that there are contentions among you. 1 Cor. i. 11.

    The sun by certain signs declares,
    Both when the South projects a stormy day,
    And when the clearing North will puff the clouds away. John Dryden, Virg. Geor. l. 620.

    Declare his glory among the heathens. 1 Chron. xvi. 24.

    We are a considerable body, who, upon a proper occasion, would not fail to declare ourselves. Addison.

  2. To Declareverb

    To make a declaration; to proclaim some resolution or opinion, some favour or opposition.

    The internal faculties of will and understanding, decreeing and declaring against them. Jeremy Taylor, Rule of living holy.

    God is said not to have left himself without witness in the world, there being something fixed in the nature of men that will be sure to testify and declare for him. Robert South, Sermons.

    Like fawning courtiers, for success they wait;
    And then come smiling, and declare for fate. Dryden.


  1. Declare

    Declare (2000) is a supernatural spy novel by American author Tim Powers. The novel presents a secret history of the Cold War, and earned several major fantasy fiction awards.


  1. declare

    To declare is to formally announce or publicly state something, typically in a clear, assertive, official, or explicit manner. It can also refer to the action of manifesting a particular attribute or quality through one's behavior or actions. Additionally, it can mean making a formal or official statement or announcement, especially in regards to legal, financial, or political matters.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Declareverb

    to make clear; to free from obscurity

  2. Declareverb

    to make known by language; to communicate or manifest explicitly and plainly in any way; to exhibit; to publish; to proclaim; to announce

  3. Declareverb

    to make declaration of; to assert; to affirm; to set forth; to avow; as, he declares the story to be false

  4. Declareverb

    to make full statement of, as goods, etc., for the purpose of paying taxes, duties, etc

  5. Declareverb

    to make a declaration, or an open and explicit avowal; to proclaim one's self; -- often with for or against; as, victory declares against the allies

  6. Declareverb

    to state the plaintiff's cause of action at law in a legal form; as, the plaintiff declares in trespass

  7. Etymology: [F. dclarer, from L. declarare; de + clarare to make clear, clarus, clear, bright. See Clear.]


  1. Declare

    Declare is a supernatural spy novel by American author Tim Powers. The novel presents a secret history of the Cold War, and earned several major fantasy fiction awards.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Declare

    de-klār′, v.t. to make known: to announce: to assert: to make a full statement of, as of goods at a custom-house.—v.i. to make a statement: to show cards in order to score.—adj. Declār′able, capable of being declared, exhibited, or proved.—ns. Declar′ant, one who makes a declaration; Declarā′tion, act of declaring: that which is declared: a written affirmation: in the criminal law of Scotland, the statement made by the prisoner before the magistrate: in common law, the pleading in which the plaintiff in an action at law sets forth his case against the defendant.—adjs. Declar′ative, Declar′atory, explanatory.—advs. Declar′atively, Declar′atorily.—n. Declar′ator, a form of action in the Court of Session in Scotland, with the view of having a fact judicially ascertained and declared.—adj. Declared′, avowed.—adv. Decla′redly, avowedly.—Declaratory Act, an act intended to explain an old law which had become obscure or a subject of controversy. [Fr. déclarer, from L. declarāre, -ātumde, wholly, clarus, clear.]

Editors Contribution

  1. declare

    An expression of choice, fact, opinion or belief.

    The declaration of human rights is an important document.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 14, 2020  

British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'declare' in Verbs Frequency: #333

Anagrams for declare »

  1. cleared

  2. creedal

  3. relaced

  4. cedrela

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of declare in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of declare in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of declare in a Sentence

  1. Savik Shuster:

    I declare a hunger strike until my right to work in Ukraine is returned to me.

  2. Fox News:

    REMEDY: Declare the rightful winner or, and this would be the minimal solution, declare the 2020 Election irreparably compromised and have a new Election, immediately!

  3. Democratic California Rep. Jackie Speier:

    At best, when the services declare 'initial operating capability' this summer, we will be launching an unstable plane that cannot perform many of its core missions for years, at worst, it'll hurt people or we'll ground it in the hangar and spend billions on a retrofit.

  4. Marco Rubio:

    We only declare war on nation-states, iSIS wants to be considered a state but it is not a state and I refuse to elevate it to that standing.

  5. Abraham Kuyper:

    In the total expanse of human life there is not a single square inch of which the Christ, who alone is sovereign, does not declare, That is mine

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