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Meaning of declare?

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March 08, 2011 11:05PM

v., -clared, -clar·ing, -clares.v.tr.

  1. To make known formally or officially. See synonyms at http://www.answers.com/topic/announce.
  2. To state emphatically or authoritatively; affirm.
  3. To reveal or make manifest; show.
  4. To make a full statement of (dutiable goods, for example).
  5. Games. To designate (a trump suit or no-trump) with the final bid of a hand in bridge.

v.intr.

  1. To make a declaration.
  2. To proclaim one's support, choice, opinion, or resolution.

idiom:

declare war

  1. To state formally the intention to carry on armed hostilities against.
  2. To state one's intent to suppress or eradicate: declared war on drug dealing in the neighborhood.

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