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Definition of declare verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they declare
    he / she / it declares
    past simple declared
    -ing form declaring
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  1. 1[transitive] to say something officially or publicly declare something The government has declared a state of emergency. Germany declared war onFrance on August 3, 1914. The government has declared war on (= officially stated its intention to stop) illiteracy. declare that… The court declared that the strike was illegal. declare something + noun The area has been declared a national park. declare something to be something The painting was declared to be a forgery. declare something + adj. The contract was declared void. I declare this bridge open.
  2. 2[transitive] to state something firmly and clearly + speech “I'll do it!” Tom declared. declare that… He declared that he was in love with her. declare something Few people dared to declare their opposition to the regime. declare yourself + adj./noun She declared herself extremely hurt by his lack of support.
  3. 3[transitive] declare something to tell the tax authorities how much money you have earned All income must be declared.
  4. 4[transitive] declare something to tell customs officers (= at the border of a country) that you are carrying goods on which you should pay tax Do you have anything to declare?
  5. Phrasal Verbsdeclare against somebody/somethingdeclare for somebody/something
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