Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “declare”

See all translations

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.
More examples

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.
Idioms
(Definition of declare from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of declare?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “declare” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

glacial

made or left by a glacier

Word of the Day

Let’s celebrate! (words and phrases for parties)

by Kate Woodford,
December 17, 2014
​​​ With Christmas and New Year almost upon us, we thought it a good time to look at the language of parties and celebrations. First, let’s start with the word ‘party’ itself. To have or throw a party or, less commonly, to give a party is to arrange a party: We’re having a

Read More 

cinderella surgery noun

December 15, 2014
cosmetic surgery to the feet We have all heard of people having nose jobs, boob jobs and liposuction – but now a new trend growing in popularity in America: Cinderella surgery.

Read More