Definition of declaration in English:

declaration

noun

  • 1A formal or explicit statement or announcement.

    ‘a declaration of love’
    • ‘Eight months later, and following several declarations that he would not stand, Howard had become convinced that his time had finally come.’
    • ‘She can't even look at him when he makes his declarations of love.’
    • ‘Despite his frequent declarations of love, the only qualities Russell seems to admire in Kay are her beauty, her sexuality, and her unobtainability.’
    • ‘We need an official declaration that we are innocent.’
    • ‘But it will be months before Mr Imbert can make an impact on this vast ministry, his best intentions and hopeful declarations notwithstanding.’
    • ‘It seems he's decided to make up for lost time by backing up his first proposal with several very public declarations of his intentions.’
    • ‘Families have said they want a public declaration that the victims were innocent, and that surely will happen this time.’
    • ‘I do not believe this to be true; common courtesy would demand at least a declaration of intent between the heads of the two departments chiefly involved.’
    • ‘Now is probably not the time for declarations of aggressive intent.’
    • ‘He issued new declarations of love and promised to tell Ms. Turner about their relationship.’
    • ‘Marriage and civil union, of course, have an explicit declaration of commitment and interdependence that may be missing in a de facto relationship.’
    • ‘The king was told to demand that his brother-in-law renounce all treaties hostile to France and make public declaration of his peaceful intentions.’
    • ‘But will his declarations of love melt her icy heart?’
    • ‘There were no maudlin declarations of love or anything of that sort…yet still it was made clear on both sides how important the other was and how much our time together meant.’
    • ‘And his often-conflicting statements undermine the credibility of his public declarations.’
    • ‘‘ANOTHER world is possible’ is the ringing declaration of the anti-capitalist movement.’
    • ‘He made the declarations while responding to reporters' questions on the bilateral debt forgiveness agreement during yesterday's post-Cabinet news conference at Whitehall.’
    • ‘My declaration at the press conference took everyone by surprise as I had not given any prior hints.’
    • ‘This meeting was arranged following the sensational declaration by chairman John Stabler that the club had folded as of Tuesday night.’
    • ‘The elections were so clearly rigged that six of the main opposition parties made a joint declaration on election day denouncing electoral fraud and withdrawing their candidates.’
    announcement, statement, communication, pronouncement, proclamation, memorandum, bulletin, communiqué, dispatch, report, edict, manifesto
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    1. 1.1 The formal announcement of the beginning of a state or condition.
      ‘the declaration of war’
      • ‘Hitler's Polish campaign, and then the attack on the USSR, were launched without formal declarations of war.’
      • ‘The German-Soviet war in 1941 brought hopes of freedom and even a declaration of independence in western Ukraine.’
      • ‘On 14 April 1849 the Hungarians issued a formal declaration of independence and deposed the Habsburgs.’
      • ‘Border clashes began in 1928 and in 1932, despite mediation efforts, full-scale war erupted, although formal declarations of war were not made until 1933.’
      • ‘Johnson took King's attack as a declaration of war and responded in kind.’
      • ‘At present, the declaration of a state of emergency must be renewed monthly by a parliamentary majority.’
      • ‘Similarly, under a series of Supreme Court decisions, civilians cannot be court-martialed in the absence of a formal declaration of war.’
      • ‘He sees today's offer as a declaration of war by the Federal Government.’
      • ‘In March 1990 a unilateral declaration of independence was made.’
      • ‘The king's raising of his standard at Nottingham on 20 August was the formal declaration of war.’
      • ‘He was chief minister of Madras 1937-9, but resigned as part of Congress's protest against the British declaration of war against Germany on India's behalf.’
      • ‘Here he received the backing of the duke of Burgundy, his brother-in-law, who was also threatened by a Franco-Lancastrian declaration of war.’
      • ‘February 24 is celebrated as Estonian Independence Day, marking the formal declaration of Estonian independence in 1918.’
      • ‘To that end, it was decided to mount a surprise attack on the Russian fleet, without a formal declaration of war.’
      • ‘Costa Rica joined other Central American provinces in 1821 in a joint declaration of independence from Spain.’
      • ‘The Croatian declaration of independence, however, was met with a war that lasted into 1992.’
      • ‘By June 1776 their efforts had become hopeless and a committee was formed to compose a formal declaration of independence.’
      • ‘The first Japanese attack took place after diplomatic relations had been broken off but before the formal declaration of war.’
      • ‘February 16 is Lithuanian Independence Day, marking the formal declaration of independence in 1918.’
      • ‘This was the closest the US ever came to a formal declaration of war.’
      proclamation, notification, announcement, revelation, disclosure, broadcasting, promulgation
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    2. 1.2 A written public announcement of intentions or of the terms of an agreement.
      ‘all students must sign the following declaration’
      • ‘Robbery victims reporting crimes to Humberside Police are to become the first in Yorkshire to be forced to sign a new declaration leaving them open to prosecution and a possible jail term if they are lying.’
      • ‘Thus, in 1933 Gadamer, along with other Marburg professors, signed a public declaration of allegiance to the National Socialist state.’
      • ‘For example, the Helsinki summit declaration envisions a multinational planning staff to collect information and make assessments.’
      • ‘He requires that any journalist entering the country sign a declaration agreeing to report only on cricket and steer clear of politics.’
      • ‘Later the leaders signed a joint declaration pledging to extend co-operation in economic, security and cultural areas.’
      • ‘An annex to the declaration sets out terms for the further devolution of security and government.’
      • ‘Meanwhile, delegates also decided that a third preparatory committee meeting would be necessary because of the slow progress in drafting the declaration and programme of action.’
      • ‘They signed a joint declaration pledging to strengthen relations between their two countries and enhance cooperation in counter-terrorism.’
      • ‘Before the breakdown, a draft declaration was issued to force member countries to cut farm subsidies.’
      • ‘The signing of the Rome declaration marks the beginning of a fundamentally new relationship between Russia and NATO.’
      • ‘He called on London and Dublin to stick by the terms of their joint declaration.’
      • ‘The declaration was made public just two days before the newly ratified Treaty of Nice came into effect.’
      • ‘Although he held four rounds of talks with Vajpayee, extending his stay, the two leaders failed to thrash out an agreement or a joint declaration by the end of the historic summit.’
      • ‘The declaration is an agreement signed by many colleges to carry out initiatives designed to promote environmentalism.’
      • ‘Mozer said that even though the party leaders did not sign a declaration or an agreement, it was very important that they had discussed their positions and relations.’
      • ‘International agreements, including declarations on human rights, are only binding on the nation states that agree them so long as each is satisfied it can interpret the agreement to suit its own perceptions and interests.’
      • ‘As you pointed out, the United States was not explicitly mentioned in the summit declaration.’
      • ‘The Bishop of Bradford is among church leaders putting their signatures to a declaration urging voters to use their votes responsibly in June.’
      • ‘The Convention went into force in 1981 while a non-binding Declaration was adopted in 1963.’
      • ‘People must sign the declaration attached to the ballot paper or their vote will not be valid and will not be counted.’
      assertion, profession, affirmation, acknowledgement, revelation, disclosure, manifestation, confirmation, proof, testimony, validation, certification, attestation
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    3. 1.3British A public official announcement of the votes cast for candidates in an election.
      • ‘At the declaration of the poll on November 18, Dias openly stated that the campaigns of the major parties had been based on lies and deceit.’
      • ‘Instead of speaking at the declaration of the poll he addressed the electors only later from his hotel.’
      • ‘The learned Attorney General finally submitted that a returning officer has no power to conduct a recount once the declaration of the poll declaring a candidate to be duly elected has been made.’
      • ‘The words ‘directly chosen by the people’… are to be read, therefore, as referring to a process - the process which commences when an election is called, and ends with the declaration of the poll.’
      • ‘Following the declaration by the returning officer, I am greatly honoured and privileged to be elected as the Kennet councillor for the Ogbourne ward.’
      • ‘Now everyone can finally go to bed… except for me, because I'm still waiting for the official declaration in my own constituency.’
      • ‘It must be a matter of minutes now to the declaration of the poll.’
      • ‘It is not the Chair's prerogative to determine the declaration of a vote.’
    4. 1.4Law A plaintiff's statement of claims in proceedings.
      • ‘I will dismiss the claim of the claimants for a declaration to the opposite effect.’
      • ‘By cross-motion the plaintiff sought a declaration that the settlement and final release were void.’
      • ‘The plaintiff requests a declaration in her draft amended statement of claim.’
      • ‘The court granted a declaration to the plaintiff.’
      • ‘Nevertheless, the plaintiffs sought a declaration that they were entitled to the benefit of that covenant and an order restraining the defendants from building in breach of it.’
    5. 1.5Law An affirmation made in place of an oath.
    6. 1.6 The naming of trumps in bridge, whist, or a similar card game.
      • ‘He then discards any 3 cards, excluding 4 point cards (kings, or the 1,21, or 22 of trumps), those used in declarations, or trumps.’
    7. 1.7 An announcement of a combination held in certain card games.
      • ‘Deliberately not announcing a combination is known as sinking a declaration.’
      • ‘The central column shows the declarations - from 0 to 6 tricks.’
      • ‘Pay full attention to the declarations of the other players, not only those of your right hand neighbour, to help you guess until which moment declarations are genuine.’
      • ‘A revelation overcalls a declaration and, given the same level, an earlier player has priority.’
      • ‘After the round of declarations, tokens are awarded or side bets resolved in exactly the same way as for stage one, described above.’
  • 2Cricket
    An act of declaring an innings closed.

    • ‘At that point Australia might have been contemplating a declaration, but Jason Gillespie settled in so well that he and Martyn were both undefeated at the close, having added 73 for the eighth wicket.’
    • ‘Warwickshire closed on 70 for 3, and unless there is a clatter of wickets or a generous declaration by Nick Knight this match is drifting to a draw.’
    • ‘They batted positively in their second innings to set up a declaration late in the day, and then managed to snap up a late wicket to enhance their position.’
    • ‘Graeme Smith had considered an overnight declaration to give his bowlers an immediate crack at England, but gave his last pair the chance to add to the total instead.’
    • ‘Warne was finally dismissed for 75, and the declaration came immediately after Hodge reached his double-century.’

Origin

Late Middle English: from Latin declaratio(n-), from declarare ‘make quite clear’ (see declare).

Pronunciation

declaration

/dɛkləˈreɪʃ(ə)n/