• 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"

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