Meaning of “declaration” in the English Dictionary

"declaration" in British English

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declarationnoun [ C ]

uk /ˌdek.ləˈreɪ.ʃən/ us /ˌdek.ləˈreɪ.ʃən/

declaration noun [ C ] (ANNOUNCEMENT)

C1 an announcement, often one that is written and official:

Members of Congress have to make a declaration of their business interests.
As witnesses to the accident, we were asked to make written declarations of what we had seen.
The company made a declaration of intent to follow an equal opportunities policy.

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  • The decree stopped short of a full declaration of independence.
  • The declaration was carefully/cleverly/tactfully, etc. phrased.
  • a pro forma declaration of loyalty
  • The American Declaration of Independence was adopted by Congress on 4 July, 1776.
  • The new leader warned that sanctions against his country would be interpreted as a declaration of war.

(Definition of “declaration” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"declaration" in American English

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declarationnoun [ C ]

us /ˌdek·ləˈreɪ·ʃən/

an official, public, usually written statement:

a customs declaration
a declaration of principles
the American Declaration of Independence

(Definition of “declaration” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"declaration" in Business English

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declarationnoun [ C or U ]

uk /ˌdekləˈreɪʃən/ us

an official or public statement about something, or the act of making a statement:

make/sign a declaration The Board made a public declaration of support for its chairman.
the ILO's declaration of principles on multinational enterprises and social policy

LAW, INSURANCE a written statement that you sign, giving information or saying that something is true, or the act of making a statement:

make/submit a declaration Despite it being a legal requirement, some traders submit their declarations late, or not at all.
You will be asked to sign a copyright declaration before you start work on the project.
The insurance declaration stated that the vehicles which would be used for such journeys were covered by suitable insurance.

FINANCE, TAX a written statement to the tax authorities containing information about money you have earned, etc., or the act of making a statement:

If your earnings are above these levels, you must make a declaration.

LAW a legal decision made by a court of law, or the act of making a decision:

a court declaration on the application of the law
apply for/seek a declaration The appellant sought a declaration that he had succeeded to the tenancy of the flat under the Rent Act of 1977.

(Definition of “declaration” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)