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Definition of proclaim verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    proclaim

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//prəˈkleɪm//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//prəˈkleɪm//
     
    (formal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they proclaim
    BrE BrE//prəˈkleɪm//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//prəˈkleɪm//
     
    he / she / it proclaims
    BrE BrE//prəˈkleɪmz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//prəˈkleɪmz//
     
    past simple proclaimed
    BrE BrE//prəˈkleɪmd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//prəˈkleɪmd//
     
    past participle proclaimed
    BrE BrE//prəˈkleɪmd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//prəˈkleɪmd//
     
    -ing form proclaiming
    BrE BrE//prəˈkleɪmɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//prəˈkleɪmɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1to publicly and officially tell people about something important synonym declare proclaim something The president proclaimed a state of emergency. The day was proclaimed a public holiday. proclaim that… The charter proclaimed that all states would have their own government. proclaim somebody/something/yourself + noun He proclaimed himself emperor. proclaim somebody/something/yourself to be/have something Steve checked the battery and proclaimed it to be dead. proclaim how, what, etc… The senator proclaimed how shocked he was at the news. + speech ‘We will succeed,’ she proclaimed.
  2. 2to show something clearly; to be a sign of something proclaim something This building, more than any other, proclaims the character of the town. proclaim somebody/something + noun His accent proclaimed him a Scot. proclaim somebody/something to be/have something His accent proclaimed him to be a Scot.
  3. Word Origin late Middle English proclame, from Latin proclamare ‘cry out’, from pro- ‘forth’ + clamare ‘to shout’. The change in the second syllable was due to association with the verb claim.Extra examples His boyish looks seemed to proclaim his inexperience. His classic boyish looks seemed to proclaim his good humour and openness. I hereby proclaim June 12 as a computer-free day. She boldly proclaimed that her goal was to win the championship. She proclaimed her innocence to the world. She repeatedly proclaimed her devotion to the cause. The district unilaterally proclaimed its independence from the national government. They continue to proclaim their innocence. Charles II was proclaimed King in May 1660.
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