applaud

verb ap·plaud \ ə-ˈplȯd \
Updated on: 14 Nov 2017

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.

applaudable

play \-ˈplȯ-də-bəl\ adjective

applaudably

play \-blē\ adverb

applauder

noun

Examples of applaud in a Sentence

  1. Everyone applauded the graduates as they entered the auditorium.

  2. The audience stood and applauded her performance.

  3. We applaud the decision to lower taxes.

  4. I applaud their efforts to clean up the city, but they must do more.

  5. Rather than being criticized for her honesty, she should be applauded for it.

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Origin and Etymology of applaud

Middle English, from Middle French or Latin; Middle French aplaudir, from Latin applaudere, from ad- + plaudere to applaud


APPLAUD Defined for English Language Learners

applaud

verb

Definition of applaud for English Language Learners

  • : to strike the hands together over and over to show approval or praise

  • : to express approval of or support for (something or someone)


APPLAUD Defined for Kids

applaud

verb ap·plaud \ ə-ˈplȯd \

Definition of applaud for Students

applauded; applauding
1 :to show approval especially by clapping the hands
2 :1praise 1
  • We applaud your efforts.


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