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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [uh-kleym]
    • /əˈkleɪm/
    • /əˈkleɪm/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [uh-kleym]
    • /əˈkleɪm/

Definitions of acclaim word

  • verb acclaim If someone or something is acclaimed, they are praised enthusiastically. 3
  • uncountable noun acclaim Acclaim is public praise for someone or something. 3
  • verb acclaim to acknowledge publicly the excellence of (a person, act, etc) 3
  • verb acclaim to salute with cheering, clapping, etc; applaud 3
  • verb acclaim to acknowledge publicly that (a person) has (some position, quality, etc) 3
  • noun acclaim an enthusiastic approval, expression of enthusiasm, etc 3

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Origin of acclaim

First appearance:

before 1630
One of the 42% oldest English words
From the Latin word acclāmāre, dating back to 1630-40. See ac-, claim

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Parts of speech for Acclaim


acclaim popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 86% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
This word is included in each student's vocabulary. Most likely there is at least one movie with this word in the title.

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Synonyms for acclaim

noun acclaim

  • kudos — plural of kudo.
  • applause — Applause is the noise made by a group of people clapping their hands to show approval.
  • commendation — the act or an instance of commending; praise
  • acclamation — Acclamation is a noisy or enthusiastic expression of approval for someone or something.
  • praise — the act of expressing approval or admiration; commendation; laudation.

verb acclaim

  • applaud — When a group of people applaud, they clap their hands in order to show approval, for example when they have enjoyed a play or concert.
  • laud — to praise; extol.
  • hail — to pour down on as or like hail: The plane hailed leaflets on the city.
  • root — Elihu [el-uh-hyoo] /ˈɛl əˌhyu/ (Show IPA), 1845–1937, U.S. lawyer and statesman: Nobel Peace Prize 1912.
  • celebrate — If you celebrate, you do something enjoyable because of a special occasion or to mark someone's success.

adjective acclaim

  • pre-eminence — the state or character of being preeminent.
  • noter — a brief record of something written down to assist the memory or for future reference.
  • renown — widespread and high repute; fame.

Antonyms for acclaim

noun acclaim

  • censure — If you censure someone for something that they have done, you tell them that you strongly disapprove of it.
  • disapproval — the act or state of disapproving; a condemnatory feeling, look, or utterance; censure: stern disapproval.
  • condemnation — Condemnation is the act of saying that something or someone is very bad and unacceptable.
  • debasement — Debasement is the action of reducing the value or quality of something.
  • denunciation — Denunciation of someone or something is severe public criticism of them.

verb acclaim

  • condemn — If you condemn something, you say that it is very bad and unacceptable.
  • disapprove — to think (something) wrong or reprehensible; censure or condemn in opinion.
  • refuse — to decline to accept (something offered): to refuse an award.
  • denounce — If you denounce a person or an action, you criticize them severely and publicly because you feel strongly that they are wrong or evil.
  • dissuade — to deter by advice or persuasion; persuade not to do something (often followed by from): She dissuaded him from leaving home.

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