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Dictionary Definition

acclaim n : enthusiastic approval; "the book met with modest acclaim"; "he acknowledged the plaudits of the crowd"; "they gave him more eclat than he really deserved" [syn: acclamation, plaudits, plaudit, eclat]


1 praise vociferously; "The critics hailed the young pianist as a new Rubinstein" [syn: hail, herald]
2 clap one's hands or shout after performances to indicate approval [syn: applaud, clap, spat] [ant: boo]

User Contributed Dictionary



From acclamare, formed from ad- + clamare "to cry out", "to shout".


  • /əˈkleɪm/
  • Rhymes: -eɪm


  1. To shout; to call out.
  2. To shout approval; to express great approval.
  3. To salute or praise with great approval; to compliment; to applaud; to welcome enthusiastically.
    • A glad acclaiming train. - Thomson
  4. To claim.
  5. To declare by acclamations.
    • While the shouting crowd / Acclaims thee king of traitors. - Smollett
  6. In the context of "Canadian": To elect to an office by having no opposition..

Derived terms

Related terms


to shout
to shout applause
to applaud
to claim
to declare by acclamations

Translations to be checked


  1. An acclamation; a shout of applause.
  2. A claim.

Extensive Definition

Acclaim may refer to:
  • Plymouth Acclaim, a mid-size sedan car made by Chrysler Corporation from the 1989 to 1995
  • Triumph Acclaim, a front wheel drive medium-sized family car made by British Leyland (BL) from 1981 to 1984
acclaim in Italian: Acclaim (disambigua)
acclaim in Polish: Acclaim

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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