- verb to state something officially
- verb (of the captain of the batting side) to close the innings before all ten wickets have fallenCitation ‘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
- verb to make a formal announcement
- 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 dē- and clārāre ‘make clear’, a derivative of clārus ‘clear’.