applaud

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

Synonyms & Antonyms for applaud

Synonyms

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

Antonyms

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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Recent Examples on the Web

Several members applauded the district’s top administrator and his work ethic and advised him to slow down. oregonlive.com, "Portland school board adopts controversial public records agreement, with a slight tweak," 26 June 2019 The designer credited the prints to the work of British artist Roger Dean, who applauded from the front row. Thomas Adamson And Colleen Barry, chicagotribune.com, "What (the runways say) guys will be wearing for summer 2020," 24 June 2019 As Joe Zenco walked out of court, he was applauded and handed a certificate. J. Edward Moreno, azcentral, "How Homeless Court helps clear up legal matters that could trip up people rebuilding their lives," 24 June 2019 The audience leaped to their feet to applaud them and celebrate their freedom. 7. Rosy Cordero, EW.com, "The top 7 moments from the BET Awards," 24 June 2019 One test of World’s 50 Best’s continued relevance at this year’s ceremony in Singapore will have less to do with who steps onto the stage to receive its top award than with who is applauding from the audience. Lisa Abend, Time, "Why The World's 50 Best Restaurants 2019 List Is More Controversial Than Ever," 21 June 2019 More than a dozen booths ran parallel across from the park pavilion packed with guests who applauded speakers and danced to booming music. Vincent T. Davis, ExpressNews.com, "San Antonio Juneteenth Association hosts Juneteenth festival," 16 June 2019 This latest iteration of the beloved musical has been a hit with critics, who have applauded its stripped-down, intimate and immersive style. Evan Real, The Hollywood Reporter, "Hollywood Reporter's Guide to the 2019 Tony Awards," 7 June 2019 Utah farmers and marijuana advocates applauded the state’s move and want to maximize transparency in the process. Morgan Smith, BostonGlobe.com, "Utah medical marijuana license applicants under wraps but will be revealed," 13 June 2019

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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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More Definitions for applaud

applaud

verb

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)

applaud

verb
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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