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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Recent Examples on the Web

Google works hard to protect user data and the company has applauded some privacy legislation in recent years. Los Angeles Times, "Google and other tech firms seek to weaken landmark California data-privacy law," 4 Sep. 2019 Though people who favor reducing incarceration have applauded the programs, the police have vehemently opposed them in gun cases. Ali Watkins, New York Times, "As Shootings Spike in Brooklyn, N.Y.P.D. and Prosecutors Collide," 8 Aug. 2019 Humanitarian groups have applauded Colombia’s approach. Washington Post, "Colombia grants citizenship to 24,000 babies born to Venezuelan mothers," 5 Aug. 2019 Many economists have applauded President Donald Trump's desire to make Corporate America more competitive by lowering corporate taxes. Matt Egan, CNN, "The economy isn't broken, but Washington sure is trying to fix it," 23 July 2019 Whether this is the case or not, the audience consensus has been that Luke P. is awful, and Brown’s handling of the situation has been rightly applauded. Wire Service, The Mercury News, "‘I have had sex, and Jesus still loves me’ wins ‘Bachelorette’ argument," 18 July 2019 But since then, fans have applauded her goofy nature and ability to speak her mind. Hannah Yasharoff, USA TODAY, "'Bachelorette' Hannah Brown would be 'miserable' dating Luke P., alum Rachel Lindsay says," 26 June 2019 The National Rifle Association has applauded Kavanaugh’s nomination to the bench. Kaitlyn Schallhorn, Fox News, "Kavanaugh confirmation hearing likely to focus on abortion, gun rights and more," 31 Aug. 2018 But Cardtronics, a large retail automated teller machine network whose ATMs are found in places like CVS, Walgreens and Speedway, was quick to applaud Tauchen’s bill. Paul Gores, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Proposed Wisconsin law would force retail stores to accept cash," 16 Aug. 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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