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Definition of "acclaim" []

  • To praise enthusiastically and often publicly; applaud. See Synonyms at praise. (verb-transitive)
  • To acknowledge or declare with enthusiastic approval: She was acclaimed person of the year. (verb-transitive)
  • To shout approval. (verb-intransitive)
  • Enthusiastic applause; acclamation. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "acclaim" in a sentence
  • "GEORGE PEMBA, "Garden of Eden," 1949, Estimate: $4,300 to $7,200 One of the first black artists to win acclaim in South Africa, George Mnyalaza Milwa Pemba is revered for his images of township life under apartheid."
  • ""What makes this book so worthy of acclaim is the way it immerses the reader in the life and mindset of a gifted yet mentally ill teenager," proclaimed Walter M. Mayes, a middle school librarian and one of the members of the award committee."
  • "But Davis, whose food won acclaim, is now returning to the Seattle area to join the team that operates the Purple Cafe & Wine Bar and other ventures."