Results 1 to 4 of 4

Thread: difference between these words ~~

  1. #1
    Join Date
    May 2005
    Posts
    373

    Default difference between these words ~~

    teacher, i have a rough grip of these words, but still not sure when it comes to using them

    claim

    reclaim

    proclaim

    acclaim

    disclaim

    declaim

    and do you know any other "-claim " s ?

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Feb 2004
    Location
    Virginia, USA
    Posts
    3,695

    Default Re: difference between these words ~~

    Quote Originally Posted by toto1115
    teacher, i have a rough grip of these words, but still not sure when it comes to using them

    claim

    reclaim

    proclaim

    acclaim

    disclaim

    declaim

    and do you know any other "-claim " s ?
    claim - assert: He claims that he really did his homework and just forgot to bring it to class.

    reclaim - take back: They are planning to reclaim the land that was flooded last year.

    proclaim - to make an official announcement: The government proclaimed that next Tuesday will be a holiday.

    acclaim - to applaud, welcome with approval: The students acclaimed the football team after their rousing victory.

    disclaim - to disavow any connection with someone or something; to renounce: After they broke up, Marc disclaimed any remaining feelings for Chantelle.

    declaim - I'm not really familiar with this one; from the dictionary: To make a formal speech. To argue with much oratory, appealing more with emotion than with facts or reason: He stood there and declaimed for 20 minutes, though he convinced no one.

    The only other common verb I could find with a prefix + "claim" was:
    exclaim - to cry out suddenly: John saw her and exclaimed, "Wait! We have to talk."
    ---- Pete

  3. #3
    Join Date
    May 2005
    Posts
    373

    Default

    pete, how about

    declare

    and any other word +clare ??

    thanks

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Feb 2004
    Location
    Virginia, USA
    Posts
    3,695

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by toto1115
    pete, how about

    declare

    and any other word +clare ??

    thanks
    I couldn't find any common ones in the OED.
    "Esclare" is a rare, obsolete word meaning, "make clear". I've never heard or seen it before. Don't try using it.

    There is a derivative word, "predeclare": to declare or announce beforehand.
    ---- Pete

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •