- 1 [transitive] to say something officially or publicly declare something The government has declared a state of emergency. Germany declared war on France on 1 August 1914. The government has declared war on (= officially stated its intention to stop) illiteracy. declare that… The court declared that strike action 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 [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. Synonymsdeclarestate indicate announceThese words all mean to say something, usually firmly and clearly and often in public.declare (rather formal) to say something officially or publicly; to state something firmly and clearly:to declare war The painting was declared to be a forgery.state (rather formal) to formally write or say something, especially in a careful and clear way:He has already stated his intention to run for election.indicate (rather formal) to state something, sometimes in a way that is slightly indirect:During our meeting, he indicated his willingness to cooperate.announce to tell people officially about a decision or plans; to give information about something in a public place, especially through a loudspeaker; to say something in a loud and/or serious way:They haven’t formally announced their engagement yet. Has our flight been announced yet?declare or announce? Declare is used more often for giving judgements; announce is used more often for giving facts:The painting was announced to be a forgery. They haven’t formally declared their engagement yet.Patterns to declare/state/indicate/announce that… to declare/state somebody/something to be something to declare/state/indicate/announce your intention to do something to declare/state/announce something formally/publicly/officially to declare/state/announce something firmly/confidently
- 3 [transitive] declare something to tell the tax authorities how much money you have earned All income must be declared.
- 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[intransitive] (in cricket) to decide to end your innings (= the period during which your team is batting) before all your players have batted England declared at 224 for 4 (= 4 batsmen had scored 224 runs). See related entries: Cricket Word Origin Middle English: from Latin declarare, from de-
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BrE BrE//dɪˈkleə(r)//; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈkler//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they declare
BrE BrE//dɪˈkleə(r)//; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈkler//he / she / it declares
BrE BrE//dɪˈkleəz//; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈklerz//past simple declared
BrE BrE//dɪˈkleəd//; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈklerd//past participle declared
BrE BrE//dɪˈkleəd//; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈklerd//-ing form declaring
BrE BrE//dɪˈkleərɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈklerɪŋ//Cricket