verb (used with object)
- to announce or declare in an official or formal manner: to proclaim war.
- to announce or declare in an open or ostentatious way: to proclaim one’s opinions.
- to indicate or make known publicly or openly.
- to extol or praise publicly: Let them proclaim the Lord.
- to declare (a territory, district, etc.) subject to particular legal restrictions.
- to declare to be an outlaw, evildoer, or the like.
- to denounce or prohibit publicly.
verb (used without object)
- to make a proclamation.
- proclaimed or described by oneselfthe self-proclaimed leader
- (may take a clause as object) to announce publicly
- (may take a clause as object) to show or indicate plainly
- to praise or extol
v.late 14c., proclamen, from Latin proclamare “cry or call out,” from pro- “forth” (see pro-) + clamare “to cry out” (see claim (v.)). Spelling altered by influence of claim. Related: Proclaimed; proclaiming; proclaimer.