Definition of declaration noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˌdekləˈreɪʃn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌdekləˈreɪʃn//
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  1. 1[countable, uncountable] an official or formal statement, especially about the plans of a government or an organization; the act of making such a statement to issue/sign a declaration the declaration of war the Declaration of Independence (= of the United States) The declaration asked governments to consider introducing new environmental taxes. See related entries: Legal documents
  2. 2[countable] a written or spoken statement, especially about what people feel or believe a declaration of love/faith/guilt Synonymsstatementcomment announcement remark declaration observationThese are all words for something that you say or write, especially something that gives information or an opinion.statement something that you say or write that gives information or an opinion, often in a formal way:A government spokesperson made a statement to the press.comment something that you say or write that gives an opinion on something or is a response to a question about a particular situation:She made helpful comments on my work.announcement a spoken or written statement that informs people about something:the announcement of a peace agreementremark something that you say or write that gives an opinion or thought about somebody/​something:He made a number of rude remarks about the food.declaration (rather formal) an official or formal statement, especially one that states an intention, belief or feeling, or that gives information:the declaration of warobservation (rather formal) a comment, especially one based on something you have seen, heard or read:He began by making a few general observations about the report.comment, remark or observation? A comment can be official or private. A remark can be made in public or private but is always unofficial and the speaker may not have considered it carefully. An observation is unofficial but is usually more considered than a remark.Patterns a(n) statement/​comment/​announcement/​remark/​declaration/​observation about something a(n) statement/​comment/​observation on something a(n) public/​official statement/​comment/​announcement/​declaration to make a(n) statement/​comment/​announcement/​remark/​declaration/​observation to issue a(n) statement/​announcement/​declaration
  3. 3[countable] an official written statement giving information a declaration of income customs declarations (= giving details of goods that have been brought into a country) The company will only provide insurance if the information on the proposal form and declaration is correct and complete.
  4. Word Origin late Middle English: from Latin declaratio(n-), from declarare ‘make quite clear’, from de- ‘thoroughly’ + clarare ‘make clear’.Extra examples All four countries have adopted the declaration against hunting these rare animals. The Russian leader received a ringing declaration of support yesterday. The government will issue a formal declaration tomorrow. a declaration of war the UN declaration on Human Rights False declaration of hours worked may lead to dismissal. She had been waiting for him to make a declaration of love. The Declaration of Independence was signed on 4 July 1776 by representatives of the US states. The summit has been postponed due to the declaration of war. We were asked to sign a declaration to the effect that we were UK citizens. a declaration of love/​support
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