Meaning of “exclaim” in the English Dictionary

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"exclaim" in British English

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exclaimverb [ I ]

uk /ɪkˈskleɪm/ us /ɪkˈskleɪm/

C2 to say or shout something suddenly because of surprise, fear, pleasure, etc.:

[ + speech ] "You can't leave now!" she exclaimed.
[ + speech ] "Nonsense!" he exclaimed in disgust.
She exclaimed in delight upon hearing the news.

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  • "You can't do that!" she suddenly exclaimed.
  • Someone in the audience was heard to exclaim, "He's a bit old to play Romeo!"
  • As we appeared, all muddy and sodden, Mum rushed towards us exclaiming and fussing.
  • "Good grief!", he exclaimed, "It's my old mate Tony!"
  • After the show, the girls exclaimed that it was the best thing they'd ever seen.

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

"exclaim" in American English

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exclaimverb

us /ɪkˈskleɪm/

to say or shout something suddenly because of surprise, fear, pleasure, etc.:

[ I ] She exclaimed with delight when she saw the baby.

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