The verb exclaim is from the Latin word exclamare, which means "to cry out." The English meaning is similar, to cry out, but with the added element of a strong emotion such as fear, joy, surprise.

In writing, when someone exclaims something, the punctuation mark used to express this vehement outcry is usually the exclamation point: "Stop!" you exclaim when your toddler climbs precariously on a chair stacked with books. "Not in this lifetime!" you cry out when your teenager wants to borrow the new car. You will exclaim "I'm so proud!" when your child graduates college.

Definitions of exclaim
  1. verb
    utter aloud; often with surprise, horror, or joy
    “`I won!' he exclaimed
    synonyms: call out, cry, cry out, outcry, shout
    call, cry, holler, hollo, scream, shout, shout out, squall, yell
    utter a sudden loud cry
    call out
    call out loudly, as of names or numbers
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    give a command to a horse to turn to the right side
    aah, ooh
    express admiration and pleasure by uttering `ooh' or `aah'
    type of:
    express, give tongue to, utter, verbalise, verbalize
    articulate; either verbally or with a cry, shout, or noise
  2. verb
    state or announce
    “`I am not a Communist,' he exclaimed
    synonyms: proclaim, promulgate
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    proclaim one's support, sympathy, or opinion for or against
    proclaim on, or as if on, a trumpet
    proclaim on, or as if on, a clarion
    type of:
    state emphatically and authoritatively
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