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English verb: declare

1. declare (communication) state emphatically and authoritatively

SamplesHe declared that he needed more money to carry out the task he was charged with.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE

Broader (hypernym)say, state, tell

Narrower (hyponym)account, advise, affirm, animadvert, answer for, assert, assure, attest, aver, avow, bear witness, bless, condemn, condemn, consecrate, count out, decree, depone, depose, doom, exclaim, hallow, opine, plead, proclaim, profess, profess, promise, promise, promulgate, propose, sanctify, sentence, sound off, speak out, speak up, suggest, swan, swear, swear, take the Fifth, take the Fifth Amendment, take the stand, testify, verify

2. declare (communication) announce publicly or officially

SamplesThe President declared war.

ExamplesThey declare that there was a traffic accident


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)say, state, tell

Narrower (hyponym)promulgate

3. declare (communication) state firmly

SamplesHe declared that he was innocent.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE

Broader (hypernym)affirm, assert, aver, avow, swan, swear, verify

4. declare (communication) declare to be

SamplesShe was declared incompetent.
Judge held that the defendant was innocent.

Synonymsadjudge, hold

Pattern of useSomething ----s something Adjective/Noun.
Somebody ----s somebody something

Broader (hypernym)evaluate, judge, pass judgment

Narrower (hyponym)acknowledge, admit, bastardise, bastardize, beatify, call, cancel, canonise, canonize, certify, formalise, formalize, judge, label, pronounce, saint, strike down, superannuate

5. declare (social) authorize payments of

SamplesDeclare dividends.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)authorise, authorize, clear, pass

6. declare (possession) designate (a trump suit or no-trump) with the final bid of a hand

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)play

Domain categorybridge

7. declare (communication) make a declaration (of dutiable goods) to a customs official

SamplesDo you have anything to declare?.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)say, state, tell

8. declare (communication) proclaim one's support, sympathy, or opinion for or against

SamplesHis wife declared at once for moving to the West Coast.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)exclaim, proclaim, promulgate

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