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What's the difference between "to herald" and "to announce"?

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"To herald" can be used to indicate:

  • ethusiastic greetings:

The citizens of York heralded the arrival of the Duke.

  • vocal praise:

The electorate heralded the new anti-immigration policy.

"To announce" can be used to indicate:

  • make known:

The judges announced the rules before starting the contest.

Both verbs can be used interchangeably to indicate:

  • foretell:

The sages had heralded / announced the king's impending defeat at the hands of his enemies.

Although, "to announce" is best avoided in this case.

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WOW!! Crypto, thank You so much for these explanations. – brilliant Nov 28 '10 at 13:49
I think it's worth noting that herald is a more formal word than announce and isn't used nearly as often. People generally don't use herald in casual speech. Even in formal writing, only the meaning of "praise" is really common. – Joshua Karstendick Nov 30 '10 at 15:27

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