"declares" in the verb sense
state emphatically and authoritatively
"He declared that he needed more money to carry out the task he was charged with"
2. announce, declare
announce publicly or officially
"The President declared war"
"He declared that he was innocent"
4. declare, adjudge, hold
declare to be
"She was declared incompetent"
"judge held that the defendant was innocent"
authorize payments of
designate (a trump suit or no-trump) with the final bid of a hand
make a declaration (of dutiable goods) to a customs official
"Do you have anything to declare?"
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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