[verb + direct speech] ‘I've given up smoking,’ she announced.
[verb + that clause] She announced that she'd given up smoking. [also verb + noun phrase]
SYNONYMS declare state • indicate • announce
These words all mean to say something, usually firmly and clearly and often in public.
declare (rather formal) to say something officially or publicly; to state something firmly and clearly: to declare war; The painting was declared to be a forgery. state (rather formal) to formally write or say something, especially in a careful and clear way: He has, already stated his intention to run for election. indicate (rather formal) to state something, sometimes in a way that is slightly indirect: During our meeting, he indicated his willingness to cooperate. announce to tell people officially about a decision or plans; to give information about something in a public place, especially through a loudspeaker; to say something in a loud and/or serious way: They haven't formally announced their engagement yet; Has our flight been announced yet?
DECLARE OR ANNOUNCE? Declare is used more often for giving judgements; announce is used more often for giving facts.
PATTERNSS AND COLLOCATIONS • to declare/state/indicate/announce that... • to declare/state somebody/something to be something • to declare/state/indicate/announce your intention to do something • to declare/state/announce something formally/publicly/ officially • to declare/state/announce something firmly/clearly/plainly