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declare (v.)

mid-14c., declaren, "explain, interpret, make clear;" late 14c., "make known by words, state explicitly, proclaim, announce," from Old French declarer "explain, elucidate," or directly from Latin declarare "make clear, reveal, disclose, announce," from de-, here perhaps an intensive prefix (see de-) + clarare "to clarify," from clarus "clear" (see clear (adj.)).

From mid-15c. as "assert, affirm." Intransitive sense "make known one's thoughts or intentions" is by 1840. Related: Declared; declaring.

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Definitions of declare from WordNet

declare (v.)
state emphatically and authoritatively;
He declared that he needed more money to carry out the task he was charged with
declare (v.)
announce publicly or officially;
The President declared war
Synonyms: announce
declare (v.)
state firmly;
He declared that he was innocent
declare (v.)
declare to be;
She was declared incompetent
Synonyms: adjudge / hold
declare (v.)
authorize payments of;
declare dividends
declare (v.)
designate (a trump suit or no-trump) with the final bid of a hand;
declare (v.)
make a declaration (of dutiable goods) to a customs official;
Do you have anything to declare?
declare (v.)
proclaim one's support, sympathy, or opinion for or against;
His wife declared at once for moving to the West Coast
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