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-clāro , āvi, ātum, 1,
I.v. a., to make clear, plain, evident (by disclosing, uncovering), to show, manifest, declare, etc., ἀποφαίνω (class.; most freq. in the trop. sense). For syn. cf.: monstro, demonstro, probo, confirmo, ostendo, ostento, significo, indico, defero; exsisto, appareo, eluceo. —
I. Lit.
B. In pub. law lang., t. t., to announce any one in public session as elected to an office (esp. that of consul), to declare or proclaim publicly: “ejusdem hominis voce et declaratus consul et defensus,Cic. Mur. 1, 2 (for which shortly before, L. Murenam consulem renunciavi); cf. id. ib. 2, 3; “so consulem,id. Agr. 2, 2, 4; id. Rep. 1, 15; Sall. C. 24; id. J. 27, 4; Liv. 24, 9 et saep.: “declaratus rex Numa de templo descendit,id. 1, 18 fin.; 1, 46: “consulem, praetorem,id. 9, 40 fin.: “tribunatum militarem,Sall. J, 63, 4: Suet. Caes. 80: “victorem magnā praeconis voce Cloanthum Declarat,Verg. A. 5, 245. —
II. Trop., to make clear to the mind, to manifest, demonstrate, prove, show, explain: “cum tot signis eadem natura declaret quid velit, tamen, etc.,Cic. Lael. 24.—Constr. with acc., acc. and inf., a relat. clause, or absol.
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