Definition of applaud
- The audience applauded at the end of the performance.
- I applaud her efforts to lose weight.
- Spectators applauded the team.
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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First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
: to strike the hands together over and over to show approval or praise
: to express approval of or support for (something or someone)
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