ap·​plaud | \ ə-ˈplȯd \
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 \ -​ˈplȯ-​də-​bəl \ adjective
applaudably \ -​blē \ adverb
applauder noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for applaud


acclaim, accredit, cheer, crack up, hail, laud, praise, salute, tout


knock, pan, slam

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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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The ruling against Charter's First Amendment claim was applauded by consumer advocacy group Public Knowledge, which previously filed a brief disputing Charter's argument. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "Charter, Comcast don’t have 1st Amendment right to discriminate, court rules," 19 Nov. 2018 Garcia recalls show-goers standing and applauding in their seats, but the reactions spread far beyond London. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Model and Mom Valeria Garcia Opens Up About Wearing a Breast Pump on the Runway," 11 Oct. 2018 Conservation scientists widely applauded the technical sophistication of the new study, but several expressed concerns about relying too much on high-tech solutions. New York Times, "Rhino Embryos Made in Lab to Save Nearly Extinct Subspecies," 4 July 2018 Every section of the parade was liberally applauded., "July 4, 1917: San Diego Honors New Citizens," 4 July 2018 The Anchorage Assembly should be applauded for its attempt to create more affordable housing, but the ADU ordinance presents several problems in both enforcement and potential negative changes to established single family communities. Connie Yoshimura, Anchorage Daily News, "Anchorage’s new accessory dwelling ordinance makes some big changes in housing rules," 28 June 2018 Both will be loudly applauded by their respective supporters. Anne Applebaum, star-telegram, "A 'fantastic meeting' for Trump and Kim," 12 June 2018 Others, including some players, applauded the league's action or took no issue with the policy. Jeff Duncan,, "Thursday's 'Dunc & Holder:' How do you feel about the NFL's new National Anthem policy?," 24 May 2018 The voting panel will obviously applaud Gordon's four Cup Series championships and his 93 victories at NASCAR's highest level, but there's more to it, too. Brendan Marks, charlotteobserver, "Jeff Gordon's in, of course. But who should join him in 2019 NASCAR Hall of Fame class? | Charlotte Observer," 22 May 2018

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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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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 \
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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