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Definition of declare
1 [reporting verb] say something in a solemn and emphatic manner: [with clause]:he declared that he never revises his prose [with direct speech]:“I was under too much pressure,” he declared [with object] formally announce the beginning of (a state or condition):Spain declared war on Britain in 1796 [with object and complement] pronounce or assert (a person or thing) to be something specified:the mansion was declared a fire hazard [no object]
) openly align oneself for or against (a party or position) in a dispute:Mr. Roosevelt had declared for “a new deal.”
[no object] announce oneself as a candidate for an election:he declared last April
) reveal one’s intentions or identity.
) archaic express feelings of love to someone:she waited in vain for him to declare himself
2 [with object] acknowledge possession of (taxable income or dutiable goods). 3 [with object] announce that one holds (certain combinations of cards) in a card game.