Definition of applaud
: to express approval especially by clapping the hands The audience applauded at the end of the performance.
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.
applaudableplay \-ˈplȯ-də-bəl\ adjective
applaudablyplay \-blē\ adverb
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 of applaud from the Web
His fans applauded the takedown, with a flurry of humorous GIFs and reactions.
In Maine and Alaska, where Republican senators came out loud and early against the bill, residents applauded their lawmakers.
Despite Roosevelt’s refusal to provide any hard news, the press corps gamely applauded.
Those who watched the debate applauded Kennedy’s vibrancy, while radio listeners found Nixon more convincing.
The performers are applauded by the sirens who understand the athleticism, poise and sheer bravado that goes into the making of a mermaid.
In a matter of minutes, George Howard, of Gary, who runs Financial Freedom University, had successfully secured the property Wednesday for a bid of $14,000 to the delight of a group of supporters who applauded.
Griner has been applauded for her heroic response to the gunman.
Upon hearing of Harris and Almena’s arrest, Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf released a statement applauding the charges.
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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
First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
APPLAUD Defined for English Language Learners
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
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