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TO DECLARE. To make known or publish. By tho constitution of the United States, congress have power to declare war. In this sense the word, declare, signifies, not merely to make it known that war exists, but also to make war and to carry it on. 4 Dall. 37; 1 Story, Const. Sec. 428; Rawle on the Const. 109. In pleading, to declare, is the act of filing a declaration.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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"I have no fancy," he declared, "for the cemeteries of affection.
"Absolute indifference," he declared promptly, "unless--"
"Then Emily will never attract him," she declared almost triumphantly, "for she has no more heart that he has."
"It is most unfortunate," he declared. "I have a commission for you later in the day."
"Awfully good of you, sir," the young man declared, "and I am sure we are very sorry to trouble you.
"It is because I have heard what you were saying over the telephone that I am here," he declared. "I want to know to whom you were sending that message which you have intercepted outside."
"You are certainly getting old," she declared. "Come, I must go.
Sabin declared, "will add still further to my happiness."
"Certainly not, sir," the station-master declared. "Such a thing would be entirely against the regulations.
"No one can possibly suspect," Granet declared, "no one who could have influence enough to override your immunity from censorship.
"He is the man with the new post," Sir Alfred declared hoarsely.
On PK-102 Bajaur-III, Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) candidate Sirajuddin was declared successful with 19,088 votes.