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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."
See also: declare, goodness

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.
See also: declare, war

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.
See also: declare, war
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Le defenseur du Real Madrid RaphaE1/2l Varane, blesse, a du declarer forfait pour le match amical de l'equipe de France mercredi contre l'Allemagne et a ete remplace par le Montpellierain Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, a annonce avant-hier dimanche la federation francaise de football.
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Zaabia est actuellement indisponible en raison d'une blessure au genou, laquelle blessure l'a contraint de declarer forfait pour les deux matchs de la selection de son pays face au Rwanda dans le cadre des eliminatoires du Mondial-2018 en Russie.
La chargee de la communication a la Cour des comptes a demande a tous les ministres du gouvernement de Mehdi Jomaa de declarer leurs biens alors que le delai legal fixe a cet effet a expire le 28 fevrier.
Le discours de "Change cycling now", un groupe de pression visant a debarrasser le cyclisme du dopage, a suscite un certain echo et encourage Greg Lemond, desormais seul Americain vainqueur du Tour, a se declarer pret a assurer la presidence de l'UCI "par interim", en cas de depart de Pat McQuaid.
This lead removed the entry to the diamonds and left declarer, even with the hearts breaking, looking at only eleven tricks.
Selon la gendarmerie, un citoyen s'est presente a la brigade de la GN pour declarer que quatre individus ont enleve sa fille du camping en l'embarquant a bord d'un vehicule de marque Renault Laguna.
Le ministre a ajoute qu'il a ete, en outre, convenu, de definir differents engagements, notamment l'obligation pour tous les membres du gouvernement de declarer tous leurs biens lors de la prise de leurs fonctions et a la fin de leur mission, precisant que les lettres de mission de chaque ministre ont ete consignees conformement au programme de travail de chaque departement ministeriel.
La Russe Maria Sharapova, N.2 mondiale, et tete de serie N.2, a ete contrainte de declarer forfait a cause d'une blessure a la clavicule droite.