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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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  • We published the book this year, to acclaimed reviews.
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British Dictionary definitions for acclaimed


(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 acclaimed



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.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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