What does declare mean?

Definitions for declaredɪˈklɛər

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word declare.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. declare(verb)

    state emphatically and authoritatively

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

  2. announce, declare(verb)

    announce publicly or officially

    "The President declared war"

  3. declare(verb)

    state firmly

    "He declared that he was innocent"

  4. declare, adjudge, hold(verb)

    declare to be

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

  5. declare(verb)

    authorize payments of

    "declare dividends"

  6. declare(verb)

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

  7. declare(verb)

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

    "Do you have anything to declare?"

  8. declare(verb)

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

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


  1. declare(Verb)

    To make clear, explain, interpret.

  2. declare(Verb)

    To make a declaration.

  3. declare(Verb)

    To announce oneu2019s support, choice, opinion, etc.

    He declared him innocent.

  4. declare(Verb)

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

  5. declare(Verb)

    To announce something formally or officially.

  6. declare(Verb)

    To affirm or state something emphatically.

  7. declare(Verb)

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

  8. declare(Verb)

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

  9. declare(Verb)

    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. Origin: From déclarer, from declarare, from de- + clarus.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Declare(verb)

    to make clear; to free from obscurity

  2. Declare(verb)

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

  3. Declare(verb)

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

  4. Declare(verb)

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

  5. Declare(verb)

    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. Declare(verb)

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

  7. Origin: [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.]

British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

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

Anagrams for declare »

  1. cleared, creedal, relaced


  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

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Oscar Wilde, As he passed through customs:

    I have nothing to declare but my genius.

  2. Herbert Hoover:

    Older men declare war. But it is youth that must fight and die.

  3. President Rodrigo Duterte:

    God knows, I really don't want to declare any fighting with anyone.

  4. Herbert Hoover:

    Older men declare war, but it is the youth that must fight and die.

  5. Wan Saiful Wan Jan:

    It does give the PM a huge amount of power to declare emergency zones....

Images & Illustrations of declare

  1. declaredeclaredeclare

Translations for declare

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

Get even more translations for declare »


Find a translation for the declare definition in other languages:

Select another language:

Discuss these declare definitions with the community:

Word of the Day

Would you like us to send you a FREE new word definition delivered to your inbox daily?

Please enter your email address:     


Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:


"declare." Definitions.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2018. Web. 19 Apr. 2018. <https://www.definitions.net/definition/declare>.

Are we missing a good definition for declare? Don't keep it to yourself...

Nearby & related entries:

Alternative searches for declare:

Thanks for your vote! We truly appreciate your support.