to make known; state clearly: [ ~ + obj]:He declared his innocence to everyone who would listen.[ ~ + (that) clause]:declared that the city was unsafe.[used with quotations]:"I saw the defendant at the scene of the crime,'' he declared.
to announce or state officially; proclaim: [ ~ + obj]:to declare a state of emergency.[ ~ + obj + obj]:The officials declared her the winner of the high jump.[ ~ + obj + adj]:My client was declared innocent.[used with quotations]:He declared, "I'm innocent!''
[ ~ + obj] to reveal; indicate:Their appearance at the meeting declares their willingness to participate in the talks.
[ ~ + obj] to make a statement of (goods being brought into a country, income for taxation, etc.):You have to declare your earnings for the whole year.
to make known or state clearly, esp. in explicit or formal terms:to declare one's position in a controversy.
to announce officially; proclaim:to declare a state of emergency; to declare a winner.
to state emphatically:He declared that the allegation was a lie.
to manifest; reveal; show:Her attendance at the rally declared her political allegiance.
to make due statement of, esp. goods for duty or income for taxation.
to make (a dividend) payable.
Games[Bridge.]to bid (a trump suit or no-trump).
to make a declaration.
to proclaim oneself (usually fol. by for or against):He declared against the proposal.
Sport[Cricket.](of a team) to surrender a turn at bat in an innings before ten players are put out.
Latin dēclārāre to explain, equivalent. to dē-de- + clārāre to make clear (clār(us) clear + -āre infinitive suffix)
Middle English declaren 1275–1325
3.See corresponding entry in Unabridged aver, asseverate, state. Declare,affirm,assert,protest imply making something known emphatically, openly, or formally. To declare is to make known, sometimes in the face of actual or potential contradiction:to declare someone the winner of a contest.Toaffirm is to make a statement based on one's reputation for knowledge or veracity, or so related to a generally recognized truth that denial is not likely:to affirm the necessity of high standards.To assert is to state boldly, usually without other proof than personal authority or conviction:to assert that the climate is changing.To protest is to affirm publicly, as if in the face of doubt:to protest that a newspaper account is misleading.
4.See corresponding entry in Unabridged disclose, publish.