proclaim-v; 2 Senses

Sense Number 1: make official through declaration

Commentary: Syntax Is: NP1 PROCLAIM NP2[patient]
NOTE: Speech act, NP2 comes into existence through the proclamation made by NP1; a real change or effect upon the world occurs as a result of the proclamation
NOTE: NP1 may be animate or inanimate
NOTE: "proclaimed" in "a self-proclaimed NP" is adjectival!

This is a complete copy of the resolution that proclaimed the first Earth Day.
He was proclaimed king.
He proclaimed himself King of Haiti in 1811 and created an atmosphere of discipline.
Once the legislation has been proclaimed, the government will have two years to begin a lawsuit.
The president proclaimed a state of emergency. (Where "state of emergency" is understood to be an official condition necessary for federal funding to be released, etc)

VerbNet: appoint-29.1
FrameNet: Statement
PropBank: NM
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1, 2

Sense Number 2: announce, state, claim

NOTE: Compare carefully with Sense 1: 'proclaim' here does not perform and official state or political function.

The state-run news agency proclaimed the law's passing to be an historic achievement.
All of a sudden he proclaimed himself an abolitionist--straight out and publicly!
He proclaimed his vision of the universe as infallible.
Imagine my horror when my daughter proclaimed that being a virgin until she was married wasn't happening.

VerbNet: say-37.7-1,declare-29.4-2,confess-37.10
FrameNet: Statement
PropBank: proclaim.01
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 2, 3, 4