Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • intransitive v. To cry out suddenly or vehemently, as from surprise or emotion: The children exclaimed with excitement.
  • transitive v. To express or utter (something) suddenly or vehemently: exclaimed her surprise.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To cry out suddenly, from some strong emotion.
  • n. Exclamation; outcry, clamor.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Outcry; clamor.
  • v. To cry out from earnestness or passion; to utter with vehemence; to call out or declare loudly; to protest vehemently; to vociferate; to shout.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To cry out; speak with vehemence; make a loud outcry in words: as, to exclaim against oppression; to exclaim with wonder or astonishment.
  • To say loudly or vehemently; cry out: as, he exclaimed, I will not!
  • n. Outcry; clamor; exclamation.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. utter aloud; often with surprise, horror, or joy
  • v. state or announce

Etymologies

French exclamer, from Latin exclāmāre : ex-, ex- + clāmāre, to call; see kelə-2 in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle French exclamer, from Latin exclāmāre ("call out"), from ex- + clāmāre ("to call"). (Wiktionary)

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