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[proh-kleym, pruh-] /proʊˈkleɪm, prə-/
verb (used with object)
to announce or declare in an official or formal manner:
to proclaim war.
to announce or declare in an open or ostentatious way:
to proclaim one's opinions.
to indicate or make known publicly or openly.
to extol or praise publicly:
Let them proclaim the Lord.
to declare (a territory, district, etc.) subject to particular legal restrictions.
to declare to be an outlaw, evildoer, or the like.
to denounce or prohibit publicly.
verb (used without object)
to make a proclamation.
1350-1400; Middle English < Latin prōclāmāre to cry out. See pro-1, claim
Related forms
proclaimer, noun
reproclaim, verb (used with object)
self-proclaimed, adjective
self-proclaiming, adjective
unproclaimed, adjective
1. advertise. See announce. 2. promulgate. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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Examples from the web for proclaimed
  • Bags, shirts, caps and putter-covers proclaimed him to be the best.
  • Previous estimates proclaimed that the moon has been volcanically inactive for the past one billion to three billion years.
  • They have not by and large contributed to the scholarly advancement of their proclaimed field.
  • After the completion it is proclaimed that the new real number is not in the natural number set.
  • At the same stroke weed out all the self-proclaimed omniscient authority on these theories.
  • And despite what self-proclaimed realists say, the national interest is broader than protection against geopolitical threats.
  • He proclaimed compulsory education, and ordered that under-officers be required to teach school.
  • Some of the forecasts come from self-proclaimed experts, some from polls.
  • It's changed in that so much of what the orthodoxy proclaimed has not come true.
  • That's particularly true of engineers, who seem pretty well-represented among self-proclaimed global warming skeptics.
British Dictionary definitions for proclaimed


verb (transitive)
(may take a clause as object) to announce publicly
(may take a clause as object) to show or indicate plainly
to praise or extol
Derived Forms
proclaimer, noun
proclamation (ˌprɒkləˈmeɪʃən) noun
proclamatory (prəˈklæmətərɪ; -trɪ) adjective
Word Origin
C14: from Latin prōclāmāre to shout aloud
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Word Origin and History for proclaimed



late 14c., proclamen, from Latin proclamare "cry or call out," from pro- "forth" (see pro-) + clamare "to cry out" (see claim (v.)). Spelling altered by influence of claim. Related: Proclaimed; proclaiming; proclaimer.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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