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[uh-kleym] /əˈkleɪm/
verb (used with object)
to welcome or salute with shouts or sounds of joy and approval; applaud:
to acclaim the conquering heroes.
to announce or proclaim with enthusiastic approval:
to acclaim the new king.
verb (used without object)
to make acclamation; applaud.
acclamation (defs 1, 2).
Origin of acclaim
1630-40; < Latin acclāmāre. See ac-, claim
Related forms
acclaimer, noun
reacclaim, verb (used with object)
unacclaimed, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for acclaim
  • She was by wide acclaim a saintly woman who gave her life to peace and to the poor.
  • Despite the acclaim for his research, Hall is stuck.
  • This is an engrossingly complex mystery that should win further acclaim for its prolific and talented author.
  • The violent video game has won critical acclaim for its bleak atmospherics.
  • For musicians who'd operated at the fringes of any number of indie-rock scenes for years, the acclaim was rapid and disorienting.
  • Since then he has written with great acclaim on literary theory, psychoanalysis and legal theory.
  • The critical acclaim over his performance that built from advance screenings left fans in a frenzy.
  • Nevertheless, each of his books won popular acclaim.
  • Because he received so much acclaim as a pitcher, his hitting sometimes was overlooked.
  • No, writing generic chick lit will not get you the same acclaim as writing good literary fiction.
British Dictionary definitions for acclaim


(transitive) to acknowledge publicly the excellence of (a person, act, etc)
to salute with cheering, clapping, etc; applaud
(transitive) to acknowledge publicly that (a person) has (some position, quality, etc): they acclaimed him king
an enthusiastic approval, expression of enthusiasm, etc
Derived Forms
acclaimer, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin acclāmāre to shout at, shout applause, from ad- to + clamāre to shout
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Word Origin and History for acclaim

early 14c., "to lay claim to," from Latin acclamare "to cry out at" (see acclamation); the meaning "to applaud" is recorded by 1630s. Related: Acclaimed; acclaiming.


"act of acclaiming," 1667 (in Milton), from acclaim (v.).

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