verb (used with object), de·clared, de·clar·ing.

  1. to make known or state clearly, especially in explicit or formal terms: to declare one’s position in a controversy.
  2. to announce officially; proclaim: to declare a state of emergency; to declare a winner.
  3. to state emphatically: He declared that the allegation was a lie.
  4. to manifest; reveal; show: Her attendance at the rally declared her political allegiance.
  5. to make due statement of, especially goods for duty or income for taxation.
  6. to make (a dividend) payable.
  7. Bridge. to bid (a trump suit or no-trump).

verb (used without object), de·clared, de·clar·ing.

  1. to make a declaration.
  2. to proclaim oneself (usually followed by for or against): He declared against the proposal.
  3. Cricket. (of a team) to surrender a turn at bat in an innings before ten players are put out.

verb (mainly tr)

  1. (may take a clause as object) to make clearly known or announce officiallyto declare one’s interests; war was declared
  2. to state officially that (a person, fact, etc) is as specifiedhe declared him fit
  3. (may take a clause as object) to state emphatically; assert
  4. to show, reveal, or manifestthe heavens declare the glory of God
  5. (intr; often foll by for or against) to make known one’s choice or opinion
  6. to make a complete statement of (dutiable goods, etc)
  7. (also intr) cards
    1. to display (a card or series of ards) on the table so as to add to one’s score
    2. to decide (the trump suit) by making the final bid
  8. (intr) cricket to close an innings voluntarily before all ten wickets have fallen
  9. to authorize the payment of (a dividend) from corporate net profit

early 14c., from Old French declarer “explain, elucidate,” or directly from Latin declarare “make clear, reveal, disclose, announce,” from de- intensive prefix (see de-) + clarare “clarify,” from clarus “clear” (see clear (adj.)). Related: Declared; declaring.

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