acclaim [uh-kleym] ExamplesWord Origin See more synonyms for acclaim on verb (used with object)

  1. to welcome or salute with shouts or sounds of joy and approval; applaud: to acclaim the conquering heroes.
  2. to announce or proclaim with enthusiastic approval: to acclaim the new king.

verb (used without object)

  1. to make acclamation; applaud.


  1. acclamation(defs 1, 2).

Origin of acclaim From the Latin word acclāmāre, dating back to 1630–40. See ac-, claim Related formsac·claim·er, nounre·ac·claim, verb (used with object)un·ac·claimed, adjective Related Words for unacclaimed overlooked, neglected, anonymous, unrecognized, unacknowledged, forgotten, nameless, undistinguished, unknown, unnamed, disregarded, unacclaimed, unglorified, unhonored Examples from the Web for unacclaimed Historical Examples of unacclaimed

  • Unacclaimed he went through the crowd toward the Upper—he who had risked life and limb to amuse them for a week!

    The Eternal Boy

    Owen Johnson

  • British Dictionary definitions for unacclaimed acclaim verb

    1. (tr) to acknowledge publicly the excellence of (a person, act, etc)
    2. to salute with cheering, clapping, etc; applaud
    3. (tr) to acknowledge publicly that (a person) has (some position, quality, etc)they acclaimed him king


    1. an enthusiastic approval, expression of enthusiasm, etc

    Derived Formsacclaimer, nounWord Origin for acclaim C17: from Latin acclāmāre to shout at, shout applause, from ad- to + clamāre to shout Word Origin and History for unacclaimed acclaim v.

    early 14c., “to lay claim to,” from Latin acclamare “to cry out at” (see acclamation); the meaning “to applaud” is recorded by 1630s. Related: Acclaimed; acclaiming.

    acclaim n.

    “act of acclaiming,” 1667 (in Milton), from acclaim (v.).

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