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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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August 6: Austria-Hungary declares war on Russia, and Serbia declares war on Germany.
August 12: Britain declares war on Austria-Hungary.
Declare Yourself, the national nonpartisan, nonprofit youth voter registration initiative, which has registered more than a quarter million young voters so far for the 2008 campaign, today predicted record level participation by 18-to-29-year-old voters in the Feb.
Based on a new online survey and focus groups conducted by Declare Yourself, concerns about the economy are particularly driving young people to the polls.
Gerry never expected to hear in a republic a motion to empower the Executive alone to declare war.
Once we have 270 electoral votes, we can declare a winner.
For 2006, the Company expects to estimate its taxable income and declare any such dividend in the last month of each quarter.
Taxpayers must declare casualty losses in the year they suffered them unless they are in an area determined by the President to warrant federal disaster assistance.
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