proclaim

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From Old French proclamer, from Latin proclamare, from pro- (forth) + clamare (to shout, cry out). Spelling altered by influence of claim.

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proclaim (third-person singular simple present proclaims, present participle proclaiming, simple past and past participle proclaimed)

  1. To excitedly, verbosely and candidly describe.
  2. To announce or declare.
    • 1898, Winston Churchill, chapter 2, The Celebrity:
      Sunning himself on the board steps, I saw for the first time Mr. Farquhar Fenelon Cooke. [] A silver snaffle on a heavy leather watch guard which connected the pockets of his corduroy waistcoat, together with a huge gold stirrup in his Ascot tie, sufficiently proclaimed his tastes.

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