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    declare (v.)

    Dear all,

    What is the meaning of "declare" in the following context:

    A: WHAT IS YOUR MAJOR?

    B: MINE? I DON'T HAVE ONE.

    A: YOU HAVEN'T DECLARED?

    B: I DON'T GO TO SCHOOL.

    a: YOU'RE KIDDING.

    What is the meaning of "you haven't declared"

    Thanks.

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    Re: declare (v.)

    Quote Originally Posted by maiabulela View Post
    Dear all,

    What is the meaning of "declare" in the following context:

    A: WHAT IS YOUR MAJOR?

    B: MINE? I DON'T HAVE ONE.

    A: YOU HAVEN'T DECLARED?

    B: I DON'T GO TO SCHOOL.

    a: YOU'RE KIDDING.

    What is the meaning of "you haven't declared"

    Thanks.
    "Declare" means to annouce, to let people know.

    When talking about university "declare your major" means to decide what your major will be, and to tell the university. Before you have declared your major, you can study different subjects to help you to decide what area you are most interested in.

    I am fairly sure this is used in American English but not in British English, because Americans have a different system for university. Please correct me if I am wrong.

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    Re: declare (v.)

    Quote Originally Posted by Munch View Post
    "Declare" means to annouce, to let people know.

    When talking about university "declare your major" means to decide what your major will be, and to tell the university. Before you have declared your major, you can study different subjects to help you to decide what area you are most interested in.

    I am fairly sure this is used in American English but not in British English, because Americans have a different system for university. Please correct me if I am wrong.

    So it means "Haven't you decided your major yet?"??

    Do you please have any dictionary reference for that meaning?

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    Re: declare (v.)

    Quote Originally Posted by maiabulela View Post
    So it means "Haven't you decided your major yet?"??

    Do you please have any dictionary reference for that meaning?
    Yes, it means decided and (I think) officially told the university.

    I couldn't find a dictionary reference after 30 seconds of googling, but here are two pages that use the term in context:

    Choosing Your College Major

    How to Declare or Change a Major (Undergraduates)

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    Re: declare (v.)

    Quote Originally Posted by Munch View Post

    I am fairly sure this is used in American English but not in British English, because Americans have a different system for university. Please correct me if I am wrong.
    I was about to write that I`d never heard the word used in this context, as I chose my major more than 50 years ago. So it was interesting to see Munch`s links to UC San Diego and the College Board. Times do change.

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