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Date: 1300-1400
Language: Latin
Origin: declarare, from clarare 'to make clear'

declare

verb
     
Related topics: Tax
de‧clare W2
1

state officially

[transitive] to state officially and publicly that a particular situation exists or that something is true:
A state of emergency has been declared.
declare that
The court declared that Brown's case should be reviewed.
declare something (to be) something
Several countries wanted Antarctica to be declared a 'world park'.
The city was declared to be in a state of siege.
I declare you man and wife.
declare something illegal/invalid etc
The war was declared illegal by the International Court of Justice.
Mr Steel has been declared bankrupt (=it has been officially stated that he cannot pay his debts).
We celebrate September 16, the day when Mexico declared independence from Spain (=officially stated that it was no longer ruled by Spain).
2

state what you think

[transitive] to say publicly what you think or feel:
'It's not fair,' Jane declared.
He declared his intention to stand for president.
declare that
Carol held a press conference and declared that she was innocent.
declare yourself (to be) something
Edward declared himself angry and frustrated.
3

declare war (on somebody/something)

a) to state officially that you are at war with another country
b) informal to say that something is wrong and that you will do everything you can to stop it:
Angry residents have declared war on the owners of the factory.
4

money/property etc

[transitive]
a) PET to state on an official government form how much money you have earned, what property you own etc:
All tips are counted as part of your earnings and must be declared.
b) to tell a customs official that you are carrying goods on which you should pay tax when you enter a country
5

declare an interest

to tell people that you are connected with something that is being discussed:
I should, at this point, declare an interest: I own shares in the company.
6

cricket

[intransitive] to choose to end your team's turn before all your players have batted

declare against somebody/something

phrasal verb
to state that you oppose someone or something

declare for somebody/something

phrasal verb
to state that you support someone or something

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