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From Old French declarer, from Latin dēclārō (to make clear), from dē- + clārus (clear).



declare (third-person singular simple present declares, present participle declaring, simple past and past participle declared)

  1. (obsolete, transitive) To make clear, explain, interpret.
    • 1526, William Tyndale, trans. Bible, Matthew XV:
      Then answered Peter and sayd to him: declare unto us thys parable.
    • Boyle
      To declare this a little, we must assume that the surfaces of all such bodies [] are exactly smooth.
  2. (intransitive) To make a declaration.
  3. (card games) To show one's cards in order to score.
  4. (transitive) To announce one’s support, choice, opinion, etc.
    He declared him innocent.
  5. (intransitive, cricket) For the captain of the batting side to announce the innings complete even though all batsmen have not been dismissed.
  6. (transitive) To announce something formally or officially.
    declare bankruptcy
    declare victory
    (cricket) declare (an innings) closed
    • 2019, VOA Learning English (public domain)
      One South Korean opposition party called on Moon to declare the current air pollution problem a national disaster.
  7. (intransitive, politics) For a constituency in an election to officially announce the result
    Houghton and Sunderland South was the first constituency to declare in the 2015 general election.
  8. (transitive) To affirm or state something emphatically.
  9. (transitive) To inform government customs or taxation officials of goods one is importing or of income, expenses, or other circumstances affecting one's taxes.
    • 1984, Richard Woodbury and Anastasia Toufexis, "Law: The Trouble with Harry," Time, 2 April:
      The prosecution has introduced evidence, including canceled checks, to show that the judge failed to declare part of his income.
  10. (transitive) To make outstanding debts, e.g. taxes, payable.
  11. (transitive, programming) To explicitly establish the existence of (a variable, function, etc.) without necessarily describing its content.
    The counter "i" was declared as an integer.


Derived termsEdit


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  1. First-person singular (eu) present subjunctive of declarar
  2. Third-person singular (ele, ela, also used with tu and você?) present subjunctive of declarar
  3. Third-person singular (você) affirmative imperative of declarar
  4. Third-person singular (você) negative imperative of declarar




  1. Formal second-person singular (usted) imperative form of declarar.
  2. First-person singular (yo) present subjunctive form of declarar.
  3. Formal second-person singular (usted) present subjunctive form of declarar.
  4. Third-person singular (él, ella, also used with usted?) present subjunctive form of declarar.