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  • 1A formal or explicit statement or announcement.

    ‘they issued a declaration at the close of the talks’
    • ‘declarations of love’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He made the declarations while responding to reporters' questions on the bilateral debt forgiveness agreement during yesterday's post-Cabinet news conference at Whitehall.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Despite his frequent declarations of love, the only qualities Russell seems to admire in Kay are her beauty, her sexuality, and her unobtainability.’
    • ‘But will his declarations of love melt her icy heart?’
    • ‘She can't even look at him when he makes his declarations of love.’
    • ‘My declaration at the press conference took everyone by surprise as I had not given any prior hints.’
    • ‘‘ANOTHER world is possible’ is the ringing declaration of the anti-capitalist movement.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 it will be months before Mr Imbert can make an impact on this vast ministry, his best intentions and hopeful declarations notwithstanding.’
    • ‘And his often-conflicting statements undermine the credibility of his public declarations.’
    • ‘Families have said they want a public declaration that the victims were innocent, and that surely will happen this time.’
    • ‘Eight months later, and following several declarations that he would not stand, Howard had become convinced that his time had finally come.’
    • ‘This meeting was arranged following the sensational declaration by chairman John Stabler that the club had folded as of Tuesday night.’
    • ‘Now is probably not the time for declarations of aggressive intent.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We need an official declaration that we are innocent.’
    announcement, statement, communication, pronouncement, proclamation, memorandum, bulletin, communiqué, dispatch, report, edict, manifesto
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    1. 1.1The formal announcement of the beginning of a state or condition.
      ‘the declaration of war’
      • ‘a declaration of independence’
      • ‘Similarly, under a series of Supreme Court decisions, civilians cannot be court-martialed in the absence of a formal declaration of war.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Hitler's Polish campaign, and then the attack on the USSR, were launched without formal declarations of war.’
      • ‘February 24 is celebrated as Estonian Independence Day, marking the formal declaration of Estonian independence in 1918.’
      • ‘February 16 is Lithuanian Independence Day, marking the formal declaration of independence in 1918.’
      • ‘By June 1776 their efforts had become hopeless and a committee was formed to compose a formal declaration of independence.’
      • ‘To that end, it was decided to mount a surprise attack on the Russian fleet, without a formal declaration of war.’
      • ‘The first Japanese attack took place after diplomatic relations had been broken off but before the formal declaration of war.’
      • ‘The king's raising of his standard at Nottingham on 20 August was the formal declaration of war.’
      • ‘This was the closest the US ever came to a formal declaration of war.’
      • ‘He sees today's offer as a declaration of war by the Federal Government.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The German-Soviet war in 1941 brought hopes of freedom and even a declaration of independence in western Ukraine.’
      • ‘Johnson took King's attack as a declaration of war and responded in kind.’
      • ‘The Croatian declaration of independence, however, was met with a war that lasted into 1992.’
      • ‘At present, the declaration of a state of emergency must be renewed monthly by a parliamentary majority.’
      • ‘Costa Rica joined other Central American provinces in 1821 in a joint declaration of independence from Spain.’
      • ‘In March 1990 a unilateral declaration of independence was made.’
      • ‘On 14 April 1849 the Hungarians issued a formal declaration of independence and deposed the Habsburgs.’
      proclamation, notification, announcement, revelation, disclosure, broadcasting, promulgation
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    2. 1.2A listing of goods, property, income, etc., subject to duty or tax.
      ‘Income and property declarations became compulsory for magistrates following the most recent amendments to the law on the judicial system in July 2003.’
      • ‘Yesterday, he was charged with making a false declaration of income tax and false declaration of income received between 1995 and 1999.’
      • ‘This is the month when the deadline expires for taxpayers to file their income declarations and to pay their tax with a five per cent discount.’
      • ‘Many drivers' declarations of income in the past have been minimal, figures from the Revenue Commissioners suggest.’
      • ‘A declaration of his property status submitted to the National Audit Office showed that he had bank deposits totalling 944,931 leva and 50,077 leva of receivables.’
      • ‘Another part will be used to increase salaries, and will encourage the accurate declaration of incomes.’
      • ‘Non-registered importers and exporters are however subject to the customs declarations in Botswana and South Africa.’
      • ‘For self-employed applicants, the Department of Education wants to see a full declaration of total gross income.’
      • ‘One common method is when people claiming social welfare payments make false declarations or conceal income in order to obtain payment.’
      • ‘This absence of a previous residence and past tax declarations indicates that Piero's father was the first to settle in the city.’
      • ‘No tax is collected on shipments of non-taxable goods, or shipments where the customs declaration clearly indicates the goods are a gift to a BC resident.’
      • ‘In this case there would be tax implications and you have a duty to report details of the share issue on an annual declaration, Form 42.’
    3. 1.3A written public announcement of intentions or of the terms of an agreement.
      ‘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.’
      • ‘The declaration is an agreement signed by many colleges to carry out initiatives designed to promote environmentalism.’
      • ‘Thus, in 1933 Gadamer, along with other Marburg professors, signed a public declaration of allegiance to the National Socialist state.’
      • ‘He called on London and Dublin to stick by the terms of their joint declaration.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘An annex to the declaration sets out terms for the further devolution of security and government.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The declaration was made public just two days before the newly ratified Treaty of Nice came into effect.’
      • ‘He requires that any journalist entering the country sign a declaration agreeing to report only on cricket and steer clear of politics.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The signing of the Rome declaration marks the beginning of a fundamentally new relationship between Russia and NATO.’
      • ‘For example, the Helsinki summit declaration envisions a multinational planning staff to collect information and make assessments.’
      • ‘As you pointed out, the United States was not explicitly mentioned in the summit declaration.’
      • ‘The Convention went into force in 1981 while a non-binding Declaration was adopted in 1963.’
      • ‘Before the breakdown, a draft declaration was issued to force member countries to cut farm subsidies.’
      • ‘They signed a joint declaration pledging to strengthen relations between their two countries and enhance cooperation in counter-terrorism.’
      • ‘Later the leaders signed a joint declaration pledging to extend co-operation in economic, security and cultural areas.’
      • ‘People must sign the declaration attached to the ballot paper or their vote will not be valid and will not be counted.’
      • ‘The Bishop of Bradford is among church leaders putting their signatures to a declaration urging voters to use their votes responsibly in June.’
      assertion, profession, affirmation, acknowledgement, revelation, disclosure, manifestation, confirmation, proof, testimony, validation, certification, attestation
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    4. 1.4Law A plaintiff's statement of claims in proceedings.
      ‘The plaintiff requests a declaration in her draft amended statement of claim.’
      • ‘By cross-motion the plaintiff sought a declaration that the settlement and final release were void.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The court granted a declaration to the plaintiff.’
      • ‘I will dismiss the claim of the claimants for a declaration to the opposite effect.’
    5. 1.5Law An affirmation made instead of taking an oath.
    6. 1.6The naming of trump 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.’



/ˌdekləˈrāSH(ə)n/ /ˌdɛkləˈreɪʃ(ə)n/


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