• WordNet 3.6
    • v declare state firmly "He declared that he was innocent"
    • v declare declare to be "She was declared incompetent","judge held that the defendant was innocent"
    • v declare announce publicly or officially "The President declared war"
    • v declare proclaim one's support, sympathy, or opinion for or against "His wife declared at once for moving to the West Coast"
    • v declare state emphatically and authoritatively "He declared that he needed more money to carry out the task he was charged with"
    • v declare make a declaration (of dutiable goods) to a customs official "Do you have anything to declare?"
    • v declare designate (a trump suit or no-trump) with the final bid of a hand
    • v declare authorize payments of "declare dividends"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Only two people signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4th, JohnHancock and Charles Thomson. Most of the rest signed on August 2, butthe last signature wasn't added until 5 years later.
    • Declare 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. "Like fawning courtiers, for success they wait,
      And then come smiling, and declare for fate."
    • Declare To make clear; to free from obscurity. "To declare this a little."
    • Declare To make declaration of; to assert; to affirm; to set forth; to avow; as, he declares the story to be false. "I the Lord . . . declare things that are right."
    • Declare (Com) To make full statement of, as goods, etc., for the purpose of paying taxes, duties, etc.
    • Declare To make known by language; to communicate or manifest explicitly and plainly in any way; to exhibit; to publish; to proclaim; to announce. "This day I have begot whom I declare My only Son.""The heavens declare the glory of God."
    • Declare (Law) To state the plaintiff's cause of action at law in a legal form; as, the plaintiff declares in trespass.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In the Victoria era, red tulips were a declaration of love
    • declare To make clear; clear up; free from obscurity; make plain.
    • declare To make known by words; assert explicitly; manifest or communicate plainly in any way; publish; proclaim; tell.
    • declare To proclaim; announce.
    • declare To assert; affirm: as, he declares the story to be false.
    • declare In law, to solemnly assert a fact before witnesses: as, he declared a paper signed by him to be his last will and testament.
    • declare To make a full statement of, as of goods on which duty is to be paid at the custom-house.
    • declare To make known one's thoughts or opinions; proclaim or avow some opinion, purpose, or resolution in favor or in opposition; make known explicitly some determination; make a declaration; come out: with for or against: as, the prince declared for the allies; victory had not declared for either party; the allied powers declared against France.
    • declare Specifically To express a formal decision; make a decision known by official proclamation or notice.
    • declare In law, to make a declaration or complaint; set forth formally in pleading the cause for relief against the defendant: as, the plaintiff declared on a promissory note.
    • declare In the game of bezique, to lay on the table, face up, any counting-cards or combinations of cards; show cards for the purpose of scoring.
    • declare To decide against continuing a habit or practice; break away from a custom: as, to declare off from smoking.
    • declare In bridge, to make or name the trump suit, or to announce the intention to play without a trump.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In 1984, Ronald Reagan declared the month of July to be "National Ice Cream Month."
    • v.t Declare de-klār′ to make known: to announce: to assert: to make a full statement of, as of goods at a custom-house
    • v.i Declare to make a statement: to show cards in order to score
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  • Mal Pancoast
    “You get whatever accomplishment you are willing to declare.”
  • Lewis Morris
    Lewis Morris
    “Stand upright, speak thy thoughts, declare the truth thou hast, that all may share; Be bold, proclaim it everywhere: They only live who dare.”
  • Henry David Thoreau
    “I quietly declare war with the State, after my fashion, though I will still make use and get advantage of her as I can, as is usual in such cases.”
  • George Eliot
    “The intense happiness of our union is derived in a high degree from the perfect freedom with which we each follow and declare our own impressions.”
  • The Talmud
    The Talmud
    “Greater even than the pious man is he who eats that which is the fruit of his own toil; for scripture declares him twice-blessed.”
  • Herbert Clark Hoover
    “Older men declare war. But it is youth that must fight and die.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. déclarer, from L. declarare,; de, + clarare, to make clear, clarus, clear, bright. See Clear


In literature:

He encourages sacrifices by declaring that they are highly meritorious and will expiate sin.
"Ten Great Religions" by James Freeman Clarke
We know Southern men declare that their slaves are better off than hired labourers amongst us.
"Speeches and Letters of Abraham Lincoln, 1832-1865" by Abraham Lincoln
I declare it to you from the vicar of Jesus Christ.
"The Works of John Dryden, Volume XVI. (of 18)" by John Dryden
They declare that this prospector didn't die a natural death.
"The Go Ahead Boys and Simon's Mine" by Ross Kay
Was Christianity from God, he would verify the declaration made by him who claimed to be his Son.
"Sermons on Various Important Subjects" by Andrew Lee
This circumstance so enraged the owner, that he declared he would "sell all" he owned.
"The Underground Railroad" by William Still
Human laws, therefore, become necessary to declare what shall be considered just and right between man and man.
"The Government Class Book" by Andrew W. Young
It was matured and continued by the Declaration of Independence in 1776.
"American Eloquence, Volume IV. (of 4) Studies In American Political History (1897)" by Various
Thou shouldst declare truly whether, therefore, she is my wife by first choice.
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 1"
The following are the duties declared for a Sudra from the olden times.
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 2"
If such general consent declared against the pope, the cause was virtually terminated.
"The Reign of Henry the Eighth, Volume 1 (of 3)" by James Anthony Froude
The little boys declared it was none too late.
"The Last of the Peterkins" by Lucretia P. Hale
The declaration itself is now on the carpet.
"Memoir, Correspondence, And Miscellanies, From The Papers Of Thomas Jefferson" by Thomas Jefferson
The Declaration of Henry IV.
"A History of the Reformation (Vol. 2 of 2)" by Thomas M. Lindsay
This philosophical opinion, which several ancient doctors had adopted, Rome declared to be a doctrine of the Church.
"History of the Reformation in the Sixteenth Century (Volume 1)" by J. H. Merle D'Aubigné
On reaching the prairie a sight presented itself, that gives emphatic denial to the oft-repeated declaration, that Indians cannot be civilized.
"Wigwam and War-path; Or the Royal Chief in Chains" by A. B. (Alfred Benjamin) Meacham
Richardson, a neighbor, declares that he could carry a load to which the strength of "three ordinary men" would scarcely be equal.
"The Life Of Abraham Lincoln From His Birth To His Inauguration As President" by Ward H. Lamon
La nullite de la declaration de blocus, ce qui fait que cette declaration ne produira aucun effet.
"International Law. A Treatise. Volume II (of 2)" by Lassa Francis Oppenheim
To me, however, she had declared that she had only arrived in London a week before, and had never been out.
"The Bond of Black" by William Le Queux
Even before Rome had time to publish her formidable bull, he published his declaration of war.
"History of the Reformation in the Sixteenth Century, Vol 2" by J. H. Merle D'Aubigné

In poetry:

Have ye not heard God's priest declare
That they are slaves by Heaven's decree?
That he has doomed them all to wear
The badge of slavery?
"Liberty" by Alfred Gibbs Campbell
THE heav'ns declare thy glory, Lord,
In every star thy wisdom shines
But when our eyes behold thy word,
We read thy name in fairer lines.
"Psalm 19" by Isaac Watts
I cried aloud to thee, my God,
"What canst thou profit by my blood?
Deep in the dust can I declare
Thy truth, or sing thy goodness there?
"Psalm 30 part 2" by Isaac Watts
His praises in set order sing,
Although all praise He hath outsoared,
Declare the Kingdom of the Lord,
Proclaiming that the Lord is King.
"My Lord And King" by Shlomo ibn Gabirol
The gods determine out of hand
"That, as he sunk, it was not land,"
Therefore, in solemn form, declare
Some Water god must have the care.
"The Parson In Pickle" by William Hutton
The heavens declare thy glory, Lord,
In every star thy wisdom shines;
But when our eyes behold thy word,
We read thy name in fairer lines.
"Psalm XIX: The Heavens Declare Thy Glory, Lord" by Isaac Watts

In news:

) He declared that Israel is "our best friend in the world".
Council declared an emergency in the area to speed up permitting for erosion control.
Yes, I know the anti-meat cops have declared that one person's steak is every person's poison.
"I'm not a filmmaker anymore," Béla Tarr declared yesterday at The New York Film Festival, reiterating a statement that cinephiles hoped might not be true.
' Big toe best feature,' man declares.
Anonymous declares 'cyberwar' on Israel.
The Italian designer declared shoulders the 'new erogenous zone' for her Spring/Summer collection.
Obama declared America "will thrive again" after another encouraging report on jobs growth.
Fisherman Concerned With Campaign to Declare Bluefin Tuna Endangered.
"He's very good," Mr Heston declared during a stopover in New York to promote the release of "Ben-Hur" in DVD.
Bolivian park declared one of most diverse places on Earth.
Local state of emergency declaration unnecessary.
Answer this question about the Declaration of Independence .
What is the Declaration of Independence .
Colt Ford's ' Declaration Of Independence ' Soars To #1.

In science:

Assume rt sensors decide H1 and declare to the network.
Distributed Detection in Sensor Networks with Limited Range Multi-Modal Sensors
The exp ected ratio of m1 to the number of sensors that are declared to be significant ( R) is lower bounded by 1 − γ ; i.e. E {m1 /R} ≥ 1 − γ .
Distributed Detection in Sensor Networks with Limited Range Multi-Modal Sensors
For example, the XSPEC model declaration “model phabs×(smedge×simpl(kerrbb)+laor)” would satisfy this recommendation.
A Simple Comptonization Model
An error is declared if decoding is not possible after 6 rounds.
Transmit Diversity v. Spatial Multiplexing in Modern MIMO Systems
No optimistic assumption regarding error propagation is made: an outage is declared if any of the nT coded signals cannot support the transmitted rate.
Transmit Diversity v. Spatial Multiplexing in Modern MIMO Systems
Limits of functions are always taken with respect to the declared domain of the function, and similarly with limits superior and inferior.
Expansions of the real field by open sets: definability versus interpretability
If there is a solution then declare that G has a hamiltonian path else declare that G does not have a Hamiltonian path.
Two conjectures such that the proof of any one of them will lead to the proof that P = NP
Usage of constraints and declarative type of programming offers straightforward way of representing many real life restrictions which is also less vulnarable to dragging bugs in an expanding code.
Using constraint programming to resolve the multi-source/multi-site data movement paradigm on the Grid
We shall declare our underlying outcome space Ω and σ -field F to be the simplest structure supporting all causet processes.
Order-invariant measures on causal sets
If there is a tie, the decoder can choose an arbitrary winner or simply declare error.
Interference channel capacity region for randomized fixed-composition codes
The standard way to define bond (or Bernoulli) percolation on a graph is to declare that edges are either occupied with probability p or not occupied, independently.
Theory of minimum spanning trees I: Mean-field theory and strongly disordered spin-glass model
For two decades planetary scientists thought that they had considered and eliminated known planetary-scale energy sources, declaring “by default” or “by elimination” the observed internal energy must be a relic, leftover energy from planetary formation about 4.5 billion years ago [4, 5].
Nature of Planetary Matter and Magnetic Field Generation in the Solar System
S (d) = C ℓ(d) ⊗ CSd as a vector superspace and declaring C ℓ(d) ∼= C ℓ(d) ⊗ 1 and CSd ∼= 1 ⊗ CSd to be subsuperalgebras.
Degenerate Affine Hecke-Clifford Algebras and Type $Q$ Lie Superalgebras
We regard the big and little Verma’s as ob jects in this category by declaring deg M (λ)λ−ν = −ν for all ν ∈ Q+ .
Degenerate Affine Hecke-Clifford Algebras and Type $Q$ Lie Superalgebras
In the BP description of the algorithm the implication is effectively taken into account by the propagation of the messages, even if the variable is not explicitely declared as assigned.
On the cavity method for decimated random constraint satisfaction problems and the analysis of belief propagation guided decimation algorithms