n.1 the act or process of declaring.
2 a a formal, emphatic, or deliberate statement or announcement. b a statement asserting or protecting a legal right.
3 a written public announcement of intentions, terms of an agreement, etc.
4 Cricket an act of declaring an innings closed.
5 Cards a the naming of trumps. b an announcement of a combination held.
6 Law a a plaintiff's statement of claim. b an affirmation made instead of taking an oath.
7 (in full declaration of the poll) a public official announcement of the votes cast for candidates in an election.
Etymology: ME f. L declaratio (as DECLARE)