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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.
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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 1985, the networks had agreed to hold off declaring an early winner in each state until polls in that state were closed.
No, not at all,'' Barbara Levin, director of communications for NBC News, responded when asked if she thought the closeness of the race would prevent the network from declaring a winner before 8 p.
Their suit seeks to bar President Bush from attacking Iraq without Congress formally declaring war.
Pope John Paul II added the first Chinese to the roll of saints during a Vatican canonization ceremony last weekend, declaring 120 Chinese Catholics and foreign missionaries to be martyrs who died in the anti-Western, anti-Christian Boxer Rebellion of 110 years ago.
Additionally, PFG is prohibited from declaring dividends on the preferred shares if it fails to meet specified capital adequacy, GAAP net income and shareholders' equity measures.
NewMarket will be declaring its first equity dividend in the near future resulting from a visionary business plan launched nearly three years ago and plans to declare $10 million in dividends in 2005 alone.
In so doing, NewMarket will distribute equity in the new stand-alone company to all shareholders of NewMarket by declaring a shareholder dividend, yet still retaining a majority interest in the new public entity.
In this case, taxpayers have a choice of declaring their casualty loss in the current year, or deducting the loss in the preceding year.
Baxter, president and CEO of CFX said, "In declaring the regular dividend and declaring the 5 percent stock dividend, the board of directors considered factors including the company's strong financial condition and our commitment to increase shareholder value.
while that of the British king extends to the declaring of war and to the raising and regulating of fleets and armies -- all which, by the Constitution under consideration, would appertain to the legislature.