Origin: 1275–1325; Middle English declaren Related forms
< Latin dēclārāre
to explain, equivalent to dē- de-
to make clear (clār
mis·de·clare, verb, mis·de·clared, mis·de·clar·ing.
pre·de·clare, verb (used with object), pre·de·clared, pre·de·clar·ing.
re·de·clare, verb (used with object), re·de·clared, re·de·clar·ing.
3. aver, asseverate, state. Declare, affirm, assert, protest imply making something known emphatically, openly, or formally. To declare is to make known, sometimes in the face of actual or potential contradiction: to declare someone the winner of a contest. To affirm is to make a statement based on one's reputation for knowledge or veracity, or so related to a generally recognized truth that denial is not likely: to affirm the necessity of high standards. To assert is to state boldly, usually without other proof than personal authority or conviction: to assert that the climate is changing. To protest is to affirm publicly, as if in the face of doubt: to protest that a newspaper account is misleading. 4. disclose, publish.