If you declare victory, you are ending a war by saying you have won. Hopefully, the other side agrees, or your troops might declare you a fool. To declare is to state clearly and officially.

In elections, the government body that counts the votes declares the winner. Until the declaration is made, the results are not official. When you are traveling, you might be asked if you have anything to declare. You’re not being asked for a statement of your beliefs, rather they want to know if you bought anything taxable abroad. If you hear your grandmother say, “Well, I declare!” you can be sure she is shocked and offended.

Definitions of declare
  1. verb

    state emphatically and authoritatively

    declared that he needed more money to carry out the task he was charged with”
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    enter a plea, as in courts of law

    confess one’s faith in, or allegiance to

    declare or judge unfit for use or habitation
    bless, consecrate, hallow, sanctify

    render holy by means of religious rites
    account, answer for

    furnish a justifying analysis or explanation
    advise, propose, suggest

    make a proposal, declare a plan for something
    assure, promise

    make a promise or commitment

    promise to undertake or give
    take the Fifth, take the Fifth Amendment

    refuse to testify by invoking the Fifth Amendment, which states that nobody may be forced to testify as a witness against himself or herself
    condemn, doom, sentence

    pronounce a sentence on (somebody) in a court of law
    exclaim, proclaim, promulgate

    state or announce

    state freely
    affirm, assert, aver, avow, swan, swear, verify

    declare or affirm solemnly and formally as true
    depone, depose, swear

    make a deposition; declare under oath
    attest, bear witness, take the stand, testify

    give testimony in a court of law

    issue a decree
    animadvert, opine, sound off, speak out, speak up

    express one’s opinion openly and without fear or hesitation
    count out

    declare the loser

    assert or affirm

    issue an order
    claim, take

    lay claim to; as of an idea

    authenticate; affirm to be true, genuine, or correct, as in an official capacity
    boo, hiss

    show displeasure, as after a performance or speech

    drive from the stage by noisy disapproval

    consecrate anew, as after a desecration
    advocate, recommend, urge

    push for something
    advance, throw out

    bring forward for consideration or acceptance

    suggest sex to
    feed back

    respond to a query or outcome
    posit, put forward, state, submit

    put before
    make a motion, move

    propose formally; in a debate or parliamentary meeting
    pledge, plight

    promise solemnly and formally
    swear off

    promise to abstain from
    contract, undertake

    enter into a contractual arrangement
    guarantee, undertake

    promise to do or accomplish

    doom beforehand

    proclaim on, or as if on, a trumpet

    proclaim on, or as if on, a clarion

    affirm or avow formally or solemnly

    give personal assurance; guarantee
    assure, tell

    inform positively and with certainty and confidence
    editorialise, editorialize

    insert personal opinions into an objective statement

    abandon to eternal damnation
    enact, ordain

    order by virtue of superior authority; decree
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    say, state, tell

    express in words

  2. verb

    state firmly

    declared that he was innocent”
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    affirm, assert, aver, avow, swan, swear, verify

    declare or affirm solemnly and formally as true

  3. verb

    declare to be

    “She was
    declared incompetent”
    adjudge, hold
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    acknowledge, admit

    declare to be true or admit the existence or reality or truth of

    declare to be obsolete
    bastardise, bastardize

    declare a child to be illegitimate

    declare legally insane

    declare in the capacity of an umpire or referee

    declare (a dead person) to be blessed; the first step of achieving sainthood
    canonise, canonize, saint

    declare (a dead person) to be a saint
    judge, label, pronounce

    pronounce judgment on
    cancel, strike down

    declare null and void; make ineffective
    formalise, formalize

    make formal or official
    ritualise, ritualize

    make or evolve into a ritual

    acknowledge a new land owner as one’s landlord
    write off

    concede the loss or worthlessness of something or somebody
    annul, countermand, lift, overturn, repeal, rescind, reverse, revoke, vacate

    cancel officially
    make no bones about

    acknowledge freely and openly

    admit as valid
    concede, confess, profess

    admit (to a wrongdoing)

    confess to God in the presence of a priest, as in the Catholic faith
    confess, fink, squeal

    confess to a punishable or reprehensible deed, usually under pressure
    avouch, avow

    admit openly and bluntly; make no bones about
    acquit, assoil, clear, discharge, exculpate, exonerate

    pronounce not guilty of criminal charges

    find or declare guilty

    advertise in strongly positive terms
    find, rule

    decide on and make a declaration about

    pronounce fit or able

    declare unfit

    release from (claims, debts, or taxes)
    intonate, intone

    speak carefully, as with rising and falling pitch or in a particular tone
    write off

    cancel (a debt)
    annihilate, annul, avoid, invalidate, nullify, quash, void

    declare invalid

    make unavailable; bar from sale or distribution
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    evaluate, judge, pass judgment

    form a critical opinion of

  4. verb

    announce publicly or officially

    “The President
    declared war”
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    put a law into effect by formal declaration
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    say, state, tell

    express in words

  5. verb

    proclaim one’s support, sympathy, or opinion for or against

    “His wife
    declared at once for moving to the West Coast”
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    exclaim, proclaim, promulgate

    state or announce

  6. verb

    authorize payments of

    declare dividends”
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    authorise, authorize, clear, pass

    grant authorization or clearance for

  7. verb

    make a declaration (of dutiable goods) to a customs official

    “Do you have anything to
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    say, state, tell

    express in words

  8. verb

    designate (a trump suit or no-trump) with the final bid of a hand

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    put (a card or piece) into play during a game, or act strategically as if in a card game

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