ap·​plaud | \ ə-ˈplȯd How to pronounce applaud (audio) \
applauded; applauding; applauds

Definition of applaud

intransitive verb

: to express approval especially by clapping the hands The audience applauded at the end of the performance.

transitive verb

1 : to express approval of : praise I applaud her efforts to lose weight.
2 : to show approval of especially by clapping the hands Spectators applauded the team.

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Other Words from applaud

applaudable \ ə-​ˈplȯ-​də-​bəl How to pronounce applaud (audio) \ adjective
applaudably \ ə-​ˈplȯ-​də-​blē How to pronounce applaud (audio) \ adverb
applauder noun

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web Ortiz developed a fan base among a faction of conservatives who applaud his unapologetic rejection of public health orders and recommendations. Los Angeles Times, "He shares conspiracy theories and won’t mask up. It got him elected in Huntington Beach," 27 Feb. 2021 The carbon crowd will applaud Bowtech’s Carbon Zion. Jace Bauserman, Outdoor Life, "The Best New Compound Bows for 2021," 7 Jan. 2021 Sam’s feelings of defeatism and applaud his ultimate success. Globe Staff,, "The Fast Forward 2020 Winter Bookies reading list," 4 Jan. 2021 Justice Barrett up the South Portico steps to the balcony outside the Blue Room as invited guests applaud on the South Lawn beneath. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "Brett Kavanaugh Will Have His Revenge on America," 27 Oct. 2020 There was no audience to applaud for Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton offering well wishes to Biden, or Lin Manuel Miranda reciting a Seamus Heaney poem. Kelly Lawler, USA TODAY, "Earnest, cheesy and explosive: Joe Biden's inauguration concert hit the right notes," 21 Jan. 2021 On Wednesday Berland and Spiers took to Twitter to applaud the NLRB for its complaint and to reiterate that they were fired unfairly. Fortune, "Google illegally fired two activist employees, federal labor board alleges," 3 Dec. 2020 The Miami Dolphins' Brian Flores, one of four head coaches of color in the NFL, was among those to applaud Ng’s hiring. Steven Wine,, "Marlins hire Kim Ng as first female GM in major leagues, believed first in US for major pro men’s sports," 13 Nov. 2020 Parrish-Wright also took time to applaud former Vice President Joe Biden's defeat of Trump on Saturday morning. Ben Tobin, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville protesters gather to move Breonna Taylor memorial, celebrate Trump's defeat," 8 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of applaud

15th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

History and Etymology for applaud

Middle English, from Middle French or Latin; Middle French aplaudir, from Latin applaudere, from ad- + plaudere to applaud

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The first known use of applaud was in the 15th century

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2 Mar 2021

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“Applaud.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners 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)


ap·​plaud | \ ə-ˈplȯd How to pronounce applaud (audio) \
applauded; applauding

Kids Definition of applaud

1 : to show approval especially by clapping the hands
2 : praise entry 1 sense 1 We applaud your efforts.

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