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verb [transitive] proclaim pronunciation in British English /prəˈkleɪm/
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present tense
I/you/we/theyproclaim
he/she/itproclaims
present participleproclaiming
past tenseproclaimed
past participleproclaimed
  1. 1
    to state something publicly

    Abbot has always proclaimed his innocence of the charges.

    proclaim (that):

    They still proclaim that their policy was successful.

    proclaim someone/something (to be) something:

    a prime minister who proclaims himself a champion of the free market

    1. a.
      used about a sign or notice that tells people something

      posters proclaiming the merits of various soaps

      Their banners proclaimed ‘Elections now’.

  2. 2
    to announce something officially

    The president proclaimed the sovereignty and independence of the new republic.

    proclaim someone/something something:

    In 1882, Brazil proclaimed itself independent from Portugal.

    1. a.
      to announce officially that a new country exists

      The eastern islands proclaimed a separate republic of their own.

  3. 3
    to be a clear sign of something

    The house’s drawn curtains and closed windows seemed to proclaim its emptiness.

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