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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 proclaims
  • Then, the university proclaims that the students have some sort of cultural competence.
  • Every now and then a prominent religious zealot proclaims that the end is nigh.
  • No one proclaims that humanity, at our current stage, could actually produce one.
  • He replaces his mansion's light bulbs with energy efficient ones and plants some trees and proclaims he is doing his part.
  • Every now and then, some ambitious soul proclaims once again that he has created an all-powerful mathematical theory.
  • Most days, after the proceedings, he proclaims his innocence to the reporters in the first-floor lobby.
  • The first one should be avoided at all costs when one proclaims to be a skeptic.
  • The idea that you could be a legitimate arbiter on the question at hand, merely proclaims the monumental size of your ego.
  • Even the minister, seeking to keep abreast of the times, proclaims it from the pulpit.
  • He seems mostly content to be done with the high tech game, and proclaims no desire to return to it.
British Dictionary definitions for proclaims


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 proclaims



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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