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de·clare (dĭ-klâr)
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v. de·clared, de·clar·ing, de·clares
v.tr.
1. To make known formally or officially; proclaim: declare that a fugitive has been captured; declare a mistrial. See Synonyms at announce.
2. To state emphatically or authoritatively; affirm: "He wrote another prayer declaring that his conscience was weighed down with guilt" (Leo Damrosch).
3. To reveal or make manifest; show: His smile declared his agreement.
4. To make a full statement of (dutiable goods, for example).
5. Games
a. To designate (a trump suit or no-trump) with the final bid of a hand in bridge.
b. To reveal (a combination of cards) to be added to one's score.
v.intr.
1. To make a declaration.
2. To announce one's intention to run for public office: "My gratitude would keep me loyal to McCarthy even after Bobby Kennedy declared for president" (James Carroll).
3. To proclaim one's support, opposition, choice, or opinion: "The party ... has changed, openly declaring for centralized federal power" (Ronald Reagan).
Idiom:
declare war
1. To state formally the intention to carry on armed hostilities against.
2. To state one's intent to suppress or eradicate: declared war on drug dealing in the neighborhood.

[Middle English declaren, from Old French declarer, from Latin dēclārāre : dē-, intensive pref.; see DE- + clārāre, to make clear (from clārus, clear; see kelə-2 in the Appendix of Indo-European roots).]

de·clara·ble adj.
de·clarer n.

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