\ˈlȯd \
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 \

Definition of Laud (Entry 3 of 3)

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

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Other Words from laud

Biographical name

Laudian \ˈlȯ-dē-ən \ adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for laud

Synonyms: Verb

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

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

Response to the department’s post was mostly supportive with most commenters lauding the department for its work. Sheila Vilvens,, "Police called on 12-year-old African-American newspaper carrier," 11 July 2018 Winning is fun, join the party After turning an unhappy star into a budding superstar and a blossoming big man, Kevin Pritchard's stunning 12-month run continued with what is being widely lauded as a home-run offseason for the Pacers' president. Matthew Glenesk, Indianapolis Star, "In rare twist, Indiana Pacers are NBA free agency winners for once," 9 July 2018 Most of the media attention has come from its use in controlling treatment-resistant epilepsy, and it’s been lauded as a possible answer to everything from anxiety to breast cancer. Meirav Devash, Allure, "Everything You Need to Know About CBD Oil in Beauty Products," 25 June 2018 Old Wethersfield is Connecticut’s oldest historic district and is often lauded as a bucolic, quaint New England village. Kathleen Mcwilliams, Courant Community, "Wethersfield Squashes Proposed Residential Care Facility In Historic District," 21 June 2018 Howard County is often in lauded as a place of acceptance and tolerance. Kate Magill, Howard County Times, "Howard's LGBTQ groups planning first Pride parade, community outreach," 20 June 2018 The Sawyer is a men’s jacket, but women lauded the fit. Kelly Bastone, Outside Online, "The Best Rain Jackets for Every Activity," 20 June 2018 But while experts generally lauded Google and Apple's new tools as a step in the right direction, many of them have reservations about gaming disorder's inclusion in the ICD. Robbie Gonzalez, WIRED, "WHO Calls Gaming Disorder an Illness. Experts Say Not So Fast," 19 June 2018 Marilou Pilman, acting director of marketing for the Grand Victoria Casino in Elgin and the chairwoman of the Elgin Area Convention & Visitors Bureau board, issued a statement lauding Bless’ work. Mike Danahey, Elgin Courier-News, "Elgin Area Convention and Visitors Bureau lays off its CEO," 6 June 2018

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

: to praise (someone or something)

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