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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 an/(one's) interest

To state financial interest in something. He was sure to declare his interest before we prepared his contract.
See also: declare, interest

declare war

1. To officially announce the intention to fight against an enemy country or group in a war. We will have to declare war if the rebels advance over our border.
2. To announce the intention to vehemently oppose someone or something. This usage does not refer to physical fighting. The mayor has declared war on crime in our city and is bolstering our police force.
See also: declare, war

declare war against (someone or something)

1. To officially announce the intention to fight against an enemy country or group in a war. We will have to declare war against the rebels if they advance over our border.
2. To announce the intention to vehemently oppose someone or something. This usage does not refer to physical fighting. The mayor has declared war on crime in our city and is bolstering our police force.
See also: declare, war

declare war on (someone or something)

1. To officially announce the intention to fight against an enemy country or group in a war. We will have to declare war on the rebels if they advance over our border.
2. To announce the intention to vehemently oppose someone or something. This usage does not refer to physical fighting. The mayor has declared war on crime in our city and is bolstering our police force.
See also: declare, on, war

I (do) declare!

This is surprising! Why, John Miller, I do declare! I didn't expect to see you here! A: "Did you hear that Thomas and Millie got engaged?" B: "I declare! I didn't realize things were so serious between them."

I declare to goodness

This is surprising! Why, John Miller, I declare to goodness! I didn't expect to see you here! A: "Did you hear that Thomas and Millie got engaged?" B: "I declare to goodness! I didn't realize things were so serious between them."
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

declare an (or your) interest

make known your financial interests in an undertaking before it is discussed.
See also: declare, interest
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

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.
See also: declare, war
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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A dividend of USD29.50 per share has been declared for the 5.90 percent Fixed Rate/Floating Rate Noncumulative Preferred Stock, Series B, which will be payable on February 17, 2015, to holders of record on February 5, 2015.
retained its spot as the biggest declared income earner among Japanese firms for the fourth straight year in fiscal 2002, a private research firm said Friday.
As the Associated Press reported on February 14th, "Congress has not formally declared war since World War II," pointing out that the War Powers Act of 1973 only required that the president seek congressional approval "before or shortly after ordering military action abroad." But precedents created by presidential usurpation, or congressional abdication, do not supersede the Constitution.
Having so declared himself, he will never be capable of faulty loyalty towards a state.
Two psychiatrists declared that Sell needed antipsychotic medicine in order to become competent.
This particular plan had to be declared effective by mid-May or be deemed abandoned, Saxe noted.
According to a press release issued on Thursday, 324 candidates have been declared pass out of total 749 appeared in LLB part-I annual exams and 261 candidates declared fail while result of 164 candidates has been withheld due to different reasons.