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

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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 Gone will be the audience rising to their feet to applaud the achievements of these remarkable leaders who otherwise would have been on stage together. Carol Cain, Detroit Free Press, "Biz meetings have gone to the dogs — and we're them with them," 1 Aug. 2020 In views on trade and tariffs with China, most Americans applaud the goals but express some wariness about the tactics - at least in the short run, according to the latest CBS News Poll. CBS News, "CBS News Eye on Trends: The latest from the Election & Survey Unit," 30 July 2020 Several Houstonians applaud Mayor Turner's proposal. Alison Medley, Houston Chronicle, "'We have an untenable situation': Houstonians weigh in on Turner's proposed 2-week shutdown," 13 July 2020 Students, faculty, staff and campus leaders alike are expected to applaud the appointment of an African American president. Nanette Asimov,, "UC names first Black president. Michael Drake, former Ohio State leader, picked to replace Janet Napolitano," 7 July 2020 High-profile Democratic lawmakers such as Senators Kamala Harris of California and Kirsten Gillibrand of New York were quick to applaud the decision Monday as a victory for reproductive rights. Matt Stevens,, "Abortion rises as a pivotal issue for at-risk Senate Republicans," 4 July 2020 On Wednesday, housing advocates had something to applaud. Alexandria Burris, The Indianapolis Star, "'It is imperative': Indiana housing advocates urge help before evictions resume," 27 June 2020 Fans of these truck/station-wagon hybrids applaud the vehicles for their ruggedness, their go-anywhere capability, and especially their wide-ranging versatility. Kevin Smith, Car and Driver, "Seven 1990 SUVs Tested: Ford vs. GMC vs. Isuzu vs. Jeep vs. Mitsubishi vs. Nissan vs. Toyota," 22 June 2020 In addition to preventing community spread of COVID-19, environmental experts applaud the decline in traffic volumes throughout the world, emphasizing air quality is improving. Laura Hancock, cleveland, "Northeast Ohio vehicle traffic, which can precede coronavirus spikes, down 20%," 20 June 2020

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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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The first known use of applaud was in the 15th century

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4 Aug 2020

Cite this Entry

“Applaud.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Aug. 2020.

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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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