\ ˈlȯd How to pronounce laud (audio) \
lauded; lauding; lauds

Definition of laud

 (Entry 1 of 3)

transitive verb

: praise, extol He was lauded for his accomplishments.



Definition of laud (Entry 2 of 3)

1 lauds or Lauds plural in form but singular or plural in construction : an office of solemn praise to God forming with matins (see matins sense 1) the first of the canonical hours (see canonical hour sense 2)
2 : praise, acclaim all glory, laud and honor to Thee— J. M. Neale


biographical name
\ ˈlȯd How to pronounce Laud (audio) \

Definition of Laud (Entry 3 of 3)

William 1573–1645 English prelate; archbishop of Canterbury (1633–45)

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Biographical name

Laudian \ ˈlȯ-​dē-​ən How to pronounce Laudian (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for laud

Synonyms: Verb

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

Synonyms: Noun

acclaim, accolade, applause, bay(s), credit, distinction, glory, homage, honor, kudos, laurels, props [slang], réclame, sun

Antonyms: Verb

knock, pan, slam

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Examples of laud in a Sentence


He was much lauded as a successful businessman. the critics have lauded the best-selling author's newest novel


an actor who in his lifetime received all the laud and honor that the theater world could bestow
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The leader of High Tech High charter schools, which serve about 5,400 students and has been lauded for an innovative education approach, was also highly-paid. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Some charter school leaders made more money than San Diego Unified’s superintendent," 6 July 2019 Hill Country, by contrast, has been mostly lauded online for its efforts to cool down a heated confrontation between patrons, not an organized protest of a Trump appointee or member of Congress. Tim Carman, Washington Post, "After confronting a diner in a MAGA hat, customer gets tossed from Hill Country Barbecue," 5 July 2019 Although the animated original was nominated for five Oscars and became an instant Disney classic, its reimagining three decades later has been lauded for the diversity of its cast and particularly for Smith’s comedic performance. Colleen Cronin,, "Will Smith Feels 'Humbled and Honored' After Aladdin Becomes the Biggest Movie of His Career," 1 July 2019 The media has lauded this pioneer course at IISc and has frequently reported on our activities. Bitasta Das, Quartz India, "How I engage students of India’s premier science school in folk arts," 27 June 2019 Both the Warriors have lauded Lane and Celebrini for their collaborative and conservative approach. Mark Medina, The Mercury News, "Andre Iguodala defends Warriors training staff on how they managed himself & Kevin Durant," 26 June 2019 And superstar singer Rihanna, whose Fenty makeup line has been lauded for its expansive array of shades for women of color, also has a lingerie collection, Savage X Fenty. Charisse Jones, USA TODAY, "Watch out Spanx: Kim Kardashian is launching her own shapewear line," 25 June 2019 Mount Healthy officials have previously lauded Ribariu for his work. Chris Mayhew,, "Mount Healthy police officer is out of jail with no police powers," 23 June 2019 He has been lauded for his efforts as a humanitarian, stepping in to provide meals to those affected by disasters, such as Hurricane Maria that ripped through Puerto Rico in 2017. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "Exclusive Detroit 'foodie experience' big win for local charity," 20 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The young priests rise by 6 a.m. each day and gather in the chapel to sing lauds, a morning prayer to praise God as the sun rises. Washington Post, "Young Nebraska priests’ chants become best-selling album," 24 May 2017

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First Known Use of laud


14th century, in the meaning defined above


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for laud


Latin laudare, from laud-, laus


Middle English laudes (plural), from Medieval Latin, from Latin, plural of laud-, laus praise

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The first known use of laud was in the 14th century

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English Language Learners Definition of laud

somewhat formal : to praise (someone or something)

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