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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
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Examples from the web for proclaiming
  • One tomb also includes a curse proclaiming that anyone who violates the grave will be eaten by a crocodile and a snake.
  • With out any fear he marched onwards proclaiming victory.
  • Do some reading before proclaiming your ignorance for all to read.
  • proclaiming that companies shouldn't profit in a time of need is a fine way to discourage them from making such investments.
  • Cox came into office proclaiming his intention to protect investors.
  • In the press release proclaiming the good news on theater revenue, the last paragraph suddenly switches gears.
  • For them, the act of writing is literally moving language from one place to another, proclaiming that context is the new content.
  • And finally, each professes a proud populism, always proclaiming a responsibility to better service.
  • One common way green cleaning supplies justify their eco-friendliness is by proclaiming themselves petrochemical free.
  • When he compliments their wines, they can't resist using this to their advantage and proclaiming their scores.
British Dictionary definitions for proclaiming


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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for proclaiming



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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