declare

Definitions

General English

  • verb to state something officially

Accounting

Computing

Cricket

  • verb (of the captain of the batting side) to close the innings before all ten wickets have fallen
    Citation ‘The captain of the batting side may declare an innings closed, when the ball is dead, at any time during a match.’ (Law 14 § 1)
    See also forfeit

Military

  • verb to make a formal announcement

Sports

  • verb to end an innings before all the batsmen have been dismissed, having decided, as the batting side or the captain of it, that the team has probably made enough runs

Origin & History of “declare”

To declare something is to make it ‘clear’. English acquired the word from Latin dēclārāre ‘make clear’, a compound verb formed from the intensive prefix - and clārāre ‘make clear’, a derivative of clārus ‘clear’.
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