Simple Definition of applaud
: to strike the hands together over and over to show approval or praise
: to express approval of or support for (something or someone)
Full Definition of applaud
: to express approval especially by clapping the hands
1 : to express approval of : praise <applaud her efforts to lose weight>
2 : to show approval of especially by clapping the hands
applaudableplay \-ˈplȯ-də-bəl\ adjective
applaudablyplay \-blē\ adverb
Examples of applaud in a sentence
Everyone applauded the graduates as they entered the auditorium.
The audience stood and applauded her performance.
We applaud the decision to lower taxes.
I applaud their efforts to clean up the city, but they must do more.
Rather than being criticized for her honesty, she should be applauded for it.
Origin and Etymology of applaud
Middle English, from Middle French or Latin; Middle French aplaudir, from Latin applaudere, from ad- + plaudere to applaud
First Known Use: 15th century
Rhymes with applaud
abroad, belaud, defraud, maraud, whipsawed
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