1 STATE OFFICIALLY (T) to state officially and publicly that a particular situation exists or that something is true: declare that: The doctor finally declared that the man was dead. | declare sth (to be) sth: The government of New South Wales declared 8000 hectares of forest a national park. | declare sth open: I declare this exhibition open. | declare sth unsafe/a failure/a success etc: The use of certain chemicals has now been declared illegal. | declare sb insane/unfit/a traitor etc (=state officially that someone is crazy etc) | declare sb the winner/the champion etc: Ali was declared the winner of the fight.
2 declare war (on sb)
a) to decide and state officially that you will begin fighting another country
b) informal to say that something is wrong and that you will do everything you can to stop it: Police have now declared war on drug dealers in the area.
3 SAY WHAT YOU THINK/FEEL (T) to say very clearly and publicly what you think or feel: “On that point, I cannot agree with you,” he declared. | declare that: Jane declared that she would rather resign than change her decision. | declare sth: The opposition declared their support for the bill. | declare yourself (to be) sth: She had publicly declared herself a lesbian.
4 MONEY/PROPERTY ETC (T) to make an official statement saying how much money you have earned, what property you own etc: All investment income must also be declared.
5 declare an interest to tell people that you are connected with something that is being discussed: I should declare an interest here; Mr Hackett used to work for me.
6 declare bankruptcy to state officially that you are unable to pay your debts
7 SURPRISE (Well) I declare! spoken old-fashioned used as an expression of surprise: Well I declare! What a pretty little village.
— declarable adjective declare against sb/sth phrasal verb (T) to state that you oppose someone or something declare for sb/sth phrasal verb (T) to state that you support someone or something: Paredes decided to declare for federation.

Longman dictionary of contemporary English. 2004.

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