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.

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.
Recent Examples on the Web Whatever the Israeli government decides to do, American Jews and Congress and the president should just stand up and applaud. Daniel Strauss, The New Republic, 19 Apr. 2022 The legendary comedian went on to applaud Rock's confidence in the situation. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, 12 Apr. 2022 The Everytown for Gun Safety, Moms Demand Action, and Students Demand Action gun control groups released a statement on Monday to applaud the ghost gun rule and Dettelbach’s selection to head ATF. Sabrina Eaton, cleveland, 11 Apr. 2022 Some stood to applaud the actor; others rose simply to see what was going to happen. Los Angeles Times, 7 Apr. 2022 And with this week’s upcoming episode, there will be one more reason to applaud her (or Bridget, really). Rebecca Norris, Country Living, 1 Apr. 2022 After this reporter tweeted on Thursday to debunk the false claim that Greene had refused to applaud Zelensky, MeidasTouch forcefully defended the claim. Daniel Dale, CNN, 17 Mar. 2022 Demi Lovato, Lilly Collins, and some of her former Pretty Little Liars costars — Ian Harding and Sasha Pieterse — rushed to Hale's comments section to applaud the new look. Sara Miranda, Allure, 10 Mar. 2022 With that, Kelly’s fans rushed to the comments section to applaud her for honoring Dolly. Selena Barrientos, Good Housekeeping, 8 Mar. 2022 See More

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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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1 May 2022

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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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