to say something suddenly and loudly, especially because of strong emotion or pain:
[verb + direct speech] ‘It isn’t fair!’, he exclaimed angrily.
[verb used alone] She opened her eyes and exclaimed in delight at the scene. [also verb + that clause]
SYNONYMS call cry out • exclaim • blurt • burst out
These words all mean to shout or say something loudly or suddenly.
call to shout or say something loudly to attract somebody’s attention: I thought I heard someone calling. cry out (something) to shout something loudly, especially when you need help or are in trouble: She cried out for help; I cried out his name. exclaim to say something suddenly and loudly, especially because of a strong emotion: ‘It isn’t fair!’ he exclaimed angrily. blurt to say something suddenly and without thinking carefully enough: He blurted out the answer without thinking. burst out to say something suddenly and loudly, especially with a lot of emotion: ‘He’s a bully!’ the little boy burst out.
PATTERNS AND COLLOCATIONS • to call/cry out/exclaim/blurt out (something) to somebody • to call/cry out for something • to cry out/exclaim/blurt out/burst out in/with something • to call/cry out/exclaim/blurt out/burst out suddenly • to call/cry out/exclaim/burst out loudly