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1 state emphatically and authoritatively; "He declared that he needed more money to carry out the task he was charged with"
2 announce publicly or officially; "The President declared war" [syn: announce]
3 state firmly; "He declared that he was innocent"
4 declare to be; "She was declared incompetent"; "judge held that the defendant was innocent" [syn: adjudge, hold]
5 authorize payments of; "declare dividends"
6 designate (a trump suit or no-trump) with the final bid of a hand
7 make a declaration (of dutiable goods) to a customs official; "Do you have anything to declare?"
8 proclaim one's support, sympathy, or opinion for or against; "His wife declared at once for moving to the West Coast"

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  • a UK /dɪkleə(ɹ)/, /dIkle@(r)/


  1. : To make a declaration.
  2. : To announce one’s support, choice, opinion, etc.
  3. intransitive cricket: For the captain of the batting side to announce the innings complete even though all batsmen have not been dismissed.
  4. : To announce something formally or officially.
  5. : To affirm or state something emphatically.
  6. transitive cricket: To declare (an innings) closed.
  7. : To make outstanding debts, e.g. taxes, payable.


to make a declaration
  • Finnish: julistaa, ilmoittaa
  • German: bekanntmachen, bekanntgeben, deklarieren
to announce one's support, choice, opinion, etc
  • Finnish: julistaa, ilmoittaa
  • German: ausrufen, aussagen, erklären
cricket: for the captain of the batting side to announce the innings complete
to announce something formally or officially
  • Finnish: julistaa, ilmoittaa
  • German: bekanntmachen, bekanntgeben, deklarieren, verkünden
to affirm or state something emphatically
  • Finnish: julistaa
  • German: feststellen, deklarieren, erklären
cricket: to declare an innings closed
To make outstanding debts, e.g. taxes, payable.
  • German: verzollen

Extensive Definition

Declare (2001) is a supernatural spy novel by Tim Powers. It presents a secret history of the cold war in which an agent for a secret British spy organization learns the true nature of several beings living on Mount Ararat. In this he is opposed by real-life communist traitor Kim Philby, who did travel extensively in the region. Philby's father, St. John Philby, was a noted Arabist whose book The Empty Quarter (on the Rub' al Khali) was extensively used as source material for the novel.
In 2001 Declare won both the World Fantasy Award for Best Novel and the International Horror Guild Award for Best Novel. It also appeared on the final ballot for the Nebula Award, however it was later determined to be ineligible due to the limited edition that appeared the year prior to the trade edition.


  • Andrew Hale, protagonist
  • James Theodora, Hale's commanding officer in the SIS
  • Elena Teresa Ceniza-Bendiga
  • Kim Philby

See also

Charles Stross's The Atrocity Archives is another supernatural espionage thriller, though with an explicitly H. P. Lovecraftian feel.

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Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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