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

Winnie the Pooh, Snow White, and, of course, Mickey Mouse, are some of the most popular characters he was applauded for creating. Megan Stein, Country Living, "So, Who Has Won the Most Oscars Ever?," 24 Feb. 2019 That headline has been applauded for its strong stance. Christianna Silva, Teen Vogue, "Trump's Racist Campaign Ad Shouldn't Shock Anyone," 1 Nov. 2018 The Celtics were similarly applauded in 1985 for adding Bill Walton to a team that already had five former or future All-Stars in its starting lineup: Larry Bird. Kevin Mchale. Shawn Windsor, Detroit Free Press, "Golden State Warriors just copying the path of past NBA champs," 5 July 2018 He's been a critic of the district's student assignment plan and has also been applauded by the Bluegrass Institute, a group pushing for a state takeover of the district. Darcy Costello, The Courier-Journal, "Parents allege abuse at JCPS preschool drastically changed daughter," 19 June 2018 Myron Ebell, director of the Center for Energy and Environment at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, applauded Trump for dismantling Obama-era climate regulations in nearly every agency. Shelby Fleig, USA TODAY, "Reported federal funding for climate change programs is exaggerated and incomplete, says watchdog," 1 June 2018 As news of the program spread on social media this week, many Twitter users applauded the ingenious idea and wished for similar programs in their own areas. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "A School Is Turning Its Leftover Cafeteria Food Into Frozen Take-Home Meals for Kids," 5 Apr. 2019 The women who walked in the last two Women’s marches should also be applauded. Maira Kalman, Harper's BAZAAR, "Senator Kirsten Gillibrand Talks Her New Book and Praises Daring Women," 24 Oct. 2018 They shouldn’t be expelled from the Senate for their actions, they should be applauded. Jennifer Earl, Fox News, "Booker's Kavanaugh email release during Supreme Court hearing draws fiery responses from senators," 6 Sep. 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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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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