acclaim

verb
ac·​claim | \ ə-ˈklām How to pronounce acclaim (audio) \
acclaimed; acclaiming; acclaims

Definition of acclaim

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : applaud, praise Critics acclaimed her performance.
2 : to declare by acclamation was acclaimed president of the society

intransitive verb

: to shout praise or applause

acclaim

noun

Definition of acclaim (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : the act of acclaiming
2 : praise, applause She deserves acclaim for all her charitable works.

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Other Words from acclaim

Verb

acclaimer noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for acclaim

Synonyms: Verb

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Verb

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Examples of acclaim in a Sentence

Verb The critics have acclaimed her performance. she has long been acclaimed by the critics for her realistic acting Noun Her performance in the ballet earned her critical acclaim. She deserves acclaim for all her charitable works.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Parsons Dance Company has been going since the early 1980s and is still acclaimed for its freshness. courant.com, "Renowned Parsons Dance to give one-night performance at Jorgensen," 7 Nov. 2019 And the band wasn't universally critically acclaimed, so there was an underdog appeal to being a Black Crowes fan. Matt Wake | Mwake@al.com, al, "Must-read Black Crowes memoir is ‘Hard to Handle’," 17 Oct. 2019 Her work was often popular and critically acclaimed, but her success surprised her. The Economist, "Toni Morrison was the Nobel prizewinning chronicler of African-American life," 7 Aug. 2019 Adam Gordon, Lerner’s protagonist—who also narrates Lerner’s acclaimed first novel, Leaving the Atocha Station—is sitting in a boat, talking. Jordan Kisner, The Atlantic, "Boy, Uninterrupted," 10 Sep. 2019 The icon, who most recently starred in the critically acclaimed The Farewell, has several projects on the horizon, including the forthcoming live action The Little Mermaid. Jenny Hollander, Marie Claire, "It's Official: Awkwafina Will Star In the Live-Action 'The Little Mermaid'," 11 Sep. 2019 Like so much of the Soviet-era literature acclaimed in the West, Grossman’s work is celebrated as a warning of the dangers of revolutionary aspirations. Sophie Pinkham, The New Republic, "Vasily Grossman’s Lost Epic," 27 Aug. 2019 President Trump’s family is half Jewish, and he is acclaimed as the greatest friend Israel has ever had in the White House. Conrad Black, National Review, "Today’s Campaign Rhetoric Is Not Exactly Cicero," 13 Aug. 2019 This stylized, critically-acclaimed, art-driven free-for-all shows more than tells, which is gorgeously bonkers. Frederick Melo, Twin Cities, "Superheroes behaving badly: 12 crusading TV series target mature audiences," 4 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Since Entergy sought approval of the gas plant, at least two projects have gained acclaim for beating the cost of natural-gas plants. New York Times, "Natural Gas or Renewables? New Orleans Choice Is Shadowed by Katrina," 8 Nov. 2019 The band continues to earn acclaim for its powerhouse sound and flippant energy on stage, both of which will be in particular abundance alongside chatterbox opener Liam Gallagher of Oasis. Andrea Domanick, Los Angeles Times, "Best concerts in L.A. this week, Halloween edition: Spooky! Scary!," 23 Oct. 2019 Carroll gained generous acclaim for her leading role in the NBC sitcom, Julia. Nandi Howard, Essence, "Remember Her Legacy: 15 Of The Best Diahann Carroll Looks," 4 Oct. 2019 Shake Shack rolled out their super popular take on the sandwich nationally in summer 2016 to high acclaim. Katie Workman, Houston Chronicle, "Fans choose sides in the 'Chicken Sandwich War' of our time," 22 Aug. 2019 Lately, there’s been a lot of celebrity beauty brands coming out, notably Kylie Jenner, who founded Kylie Cosmetics in 2015 to wide acclaim. Tatum Dooley, Teen Vogue, "Millie Bobby Brown Is Launching Her Own Beauty Brand," 20 Aug. 2019 Prior to international acclaim in the 1990s, Hamm was a superstar of the UNC Tar Heels at college level, winning four NCAA national championships with the all-conquering team. SI.com, "USWNT Legend Mia Hamm Predicts England & USA Wins in Huge World Cup Quarter Finals," 27 June 2019 The four-part Netflix project debuted on May 31 to critical acclaim and soon led to real-world fallout for the authorities involved. Ashley Lee, latimes.com, "Ava DuVernay responds to Trump’s latest Central Park Five comments: ‘There’s no truth to it’," 19 June 2019 Davis’s office also has gained a lot acclaim for its workplace environment and constituent services. San Diego Union-Tribune, "As Rep. Susan Davis departs, San Diego loses its longest serving member and ‘true public servant’," 8 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of acclaim

Verb

1626, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Noun

1667, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for acclaim

Verb

borrowed (with assimilation to claim entry 1) from Middle French & Latin; Middle French acclamer, borrowed from Latin acclāmāre "to shout (at or in reaction to), raise an outcry, shout approval," from ad- ad- + clāmāre "to shout" — more at claim entry 1

Noun

derivative of acclaim entry 1

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acclaim

verb
How to pronounce acclaim (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of acclaim

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to praise (someone or something) in a very strong and enthusiastic way

acclaim

noun

English Language Learners Definition of acclaim (Entry 2 of 2)

: strong approval or praise

acclaim

verb
ac·​claim | \ ə-ˈklām How to pronounce acclaim (audio) \
acclaimed; acclaiming

Kids Definition of acclaim

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: praise entry 1 sense 1 The book was acclaimed by the critics.

acclaim

noun

Kids Definition of acclaim (Entry 2 of 2)

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