pro·claim / prəˈklām; prō-/ • v. announce officially or publicly: the joint manifesto proclaimed that imperialism would be the coalition's chief objective | [tr.] army commanders proclaimed a state of emergency. ∎ declare something one considers important with due emphasis: she proclaimed that what I had said was untrue| [tr.] he proclaimed the car to be in sound condition. ∎ [tr.] declare officially or publicly to be: he proclaimed James III as King of England. ∎ [tr.] demonstrate or indicate clearly: the decor proclaimed a family history of taste and tradition| [tr.] he had a rolling gait that proclaimed him a man of the sea. DERIVATIVES: pro·claim·er n. pro·clam·a·to·ry / -ˈklaməˌtôrē/ adj.