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declare (oneself) for (someone or something)

To pledge one's support to someone or something. A reflexive pronoun typically follows "declare." I declared myself for that candidate because I think she's the most qualified person for the job. Phil declared himself for that big construction project in our neighborhood because he's sick of driving five miles to the nearest store.
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declare war against (someone or something)

1. To vow to fight against an enemy country or group in a literal war. We will have to declare war against the rebels if they advance over our border.
2. To voice opposition to someone or something without physical fighting. The mayor has declared war on crime in our city and is bolstering our police force.
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declare (oneself) for someone or something

to state one's support of someone or something. Susan declared herself for Mary's candidacy. I have not yet declared for any particular policy. Todd declared himself for the candidacy of Mary Brown for mayor.
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declare (oneself) for someone or something

to state one's support of someone or something. Susan declared herself for Mary's candidacy. I have not yet declared for any particular policy. Todd declared himself for the candidacy of Mary Brown for mayor.
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declare war against someone or something

 and declare war on someone or something 
1. Lit. to formally announce that one will fight a war with someone or some country. A group of countries declared war against the aggressor.
2. . Fig. to announce a serious campaign against a type of person or a serious problem. The president declared war against crime and criminals. The pressure group declared war on waste.
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I declare (to goodness)!

Rur. What a surprise! I declare to goodness! You certainly have grown since I saw you. Tom: Jim and Sally are going to get married. Mary: Well, I declare!

I (do) declare!

Inf. I am surprised to hear that! (Old-fashioned.) Mary: I'm the new president of my sorority! Grandmother: I declare! That's very nice. A plane had landed right in the middle of the cornfield. The old farmer shook his head in disbelief. "I do declare!" he said over and over as he walked toward the plane.

declare war on

Also, declare war against. Announce one's intent to suppress or eradicate something or someone. For example, The police have declared war on drug dealing in the neighborhood, or Several gangs have declared war against each other. This usage transfers the literal sense of the term, "to state formally one's intention to carry on hostilities against another power," to a somewhat smaller scale.
See also: declare, on, war

declare an (or your) interest

make known your financial interests in an undertaking before it is discussed.
See also: declare, interest

declare war

1. To state formally the intention to carry on armed hostilities against.
2. To state one's intent to suppress or eradicate: declared war on drug dealing in the neighborhood.
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In district Jhelum, 648 polling stations have been set up, with 414 declared sensitive and 234 highly sensitive.
18 was declared on the Cumulative Redeemable Perpetual First Preferred Shares Series K in the amount of $9,600 per share.
Since the challenged plan is a non-eviction plan, the judge said, he did not see how the tenants will be irreparable harmed if it is declared effective.
4818 per share representing the dividend payment originally due May 15, 2006, was declared on the outstanding 4.
Only those who have proven to be an exemplary instrument of the Lord will be recognized as messengers of miracles and declared saints.
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TransCanada's board of directors also declared regular dividend payments on preferred shares for the quarter ending May 1, 1993.
NEW YORK -- The Board of Trustees (the "Board") of Charter Mac Equity Issuer Trust, a wholly-owned subsidiary of CharterMac (NYSE:CHC), has declared a dividend of $33,125 per share on its 6 5/8% Series A Cumulative Preferred Shares ("Series A Preferred Shares").
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TransCanada's board of directors also declared regular dividend payments on the outstanding preferred shares for the quarter ending Nov.
The Board of Trustees declared a dividend for the period commencing April 15, 2006 and ending July 14, 2006 of $0.
the amendment of the articles of association, subject to the Offer being declared unconditional;
NEW YORK -- Loews Corporation (NYSE:LTR) reported today that its Board of Directors declared a three-for-one stock split of Loews Common Stock, by way of a stock dividend, to shareholders of record on April 24, 2006.
NYSE: ALN) announced today that its board of directors has declared a 10 percent stock dividend on its common stock and has also declared regular quarterly cash dividends on both its common stock and its convertible exchangeable preferred stock.