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

Synonyms & Antonyms for applaud


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


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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De’Von Bailey’s family and their supporters protested Thursday evening outside the Colorado Springs Police Department’s headquarters demanding an outside investigation and applauded the governor’s decision. Anna Staver, The Denver Post, "Polis calls for independent investigation into shooting of De’Von Bailey by Colorado Springs police," 22 Aug. 2019 His first runway show in New York received mixed reviews, save for the fact that West was applauded for his use of a diverse cast of models. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "From LV x Supreme to Beychella: 14 Collaborations That Actually Mattered in the 2010s," 18 July 2019 During Welcoming Week 2019, Global Cleveland has a series of events planned to exhibit, applaud and reflect on the many benefits that immigrants and other newcomers bring both nationally and locally. John Benson,, "Lakewood City Council applauds Global Cleveland’s Welcoming Week 2019 efforts," 4 Sep. 2019 Economists helped engineer a wave of deregulation from the 1970s to the 1990s, and provided the intellectual case for tax cuts from the 1960s to the 1980s (much of which this newspaper applauded). The Economist, "When economists ruled the world," 31 Aug. 2019 Critics gave the press screening one of their most enthusiastic receptions yet, applauding the 122 minutes of Phoenix’s brilliant physical performance well before the credits began to roll. Ariston Anderson, The Hollywood Reporter, "Joaquin Phoenix Explains Why His 'Joker' Laugh Is "Something That's Almost Painful"," 31 Aug. 2019 Real Housewives Of Atlanta star Eva Marcille has always been vocal about her journey with parenthood while applauding her husband Michael Sterling for stepping up to the plate with her 5-year-old daughter Marley Rae. Jasmine Grant, Essence, "Eva Marcille Opens Up About Changing Her Daughter Marley Rae's Last Name," 20 Aug. 2019 Tons more continued applauding Graham for setting the example that every body is beautiful—and for showing representation for all bodies. Christina Oehler,, "Pregnant Ashley Graham Shows Off Stretch Marks In Nude Photo," 19 Aug. 2019 And while the announcement came as a surprise to many addiction experts, most applauded the effort. STAT, "In national first, N.J. program will let paramedics administer buprenorphine," 26 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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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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to wander slowly or to speak indistinctly

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