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 applaudable (audio) \ adjective
applaudably \ ə-​ˈplȯ-​də-​blē How to pronounce applaudably (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 Seattle has been roundly applauded for its collaborative, science-driven, and generally quite effective response to COVID-19. Erika Fry, Fortune, "Takeaways from the Seattle business community’s Back To Work toolkit," 14 May 2020 Nordstrom has been applauded by industry analysts for adding online components to its retail strategy earlier than many others. oregonlive, "Nordstrom permanently closing 16 full-line stores as it adapts to coronavirus era," 6 May 2020 Both of which should be applauded, as the Cowboys added experienced depth at important positions without breaking the bank. John Owning, Dallas News, "Film room: A trio of free agents who could still help the Dallas Cowboys," 4 May 2020 The push was applauded by groups such as the Western Center on Law and Poverty and the California Low-Income Consumer Coalition, which assert that California has not gone far enough to ease debt collection during the emergency. Emily Alpert Reyes, Los Angeles Times, "Moratorium on debt collection during coronavirus crisis urged by L.A. City Council," 29 Apr. 2020 Noses that could detect the difference were applauded. Mark M. Smith, The Conversation, "Welcome to your sensory revolution, thanks to the pandemic," 27 Apr. 2020 They’d be heavily applauded by drafting the playmaking Queen out of their own backyard. Arizona Republic, "Isaiah Simmons to Arizona Cardinals: NFL insider stays with Clemson LB in final mock draft," 22 Apr. 2020 We are applauded for endangering our lives to help others, but in reality, there is seldom a choice. Musaub Khan, The New Republic, "The Problem With Heroizing Health Care Workers Like Me," 20 Apr. 2020 Although the bill failed, its goal was applauded by many. Daniel R. Mandell, Time, "How the Civil War Changed the Way Americans Thought About Economic Inequality," 7 Apr. 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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22 May 2020

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“Applaud.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jun. 2020.

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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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