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declare

verb uk   /dɪˈkleər/ us    /-ˈkler/

declare verb (EXPRESS)

B2 [T] to announce something clearly, firmly, publicly, or officially: They declared their support for the proposal [+ (that)] She declared (that) it was the best chocolate cake she had ever tasted. [+ obj + (to be) + noun/adj] They declared themselves (to be) bankrupt. [+ speech] "I won't do it!" he declared. America declared war on Japan in 1941 (= announced officially that it was at war). figurative The government has declared war on (= announced that thaey intended to stop) the drug dealers. The country declared independence in 1952 (= announced that it was no longer under the control of another country).B1 [T] to officially tell someone the value of goods you have bought, or the amount of money you have earned because you might have to pay tax: Nothing to declare. Goods to declare. You have to declare any earnings over a certain amount.
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declare verb (CRICKET)

[I] If a cricket team declares, they stop batting (= hitting the ball) because they think they already have enough runs (= points) to win: Pakistan declared at 350 for 7.
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