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

Definition of laud

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

: praise, extol He was lauded for his accomplishments.



Definition of laud (Entry 2 of 2)

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

Synonyms & Antonyms for laud

Synonyms: Verb

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Verb

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Examples of laud in a Sentence

Verb He was much lauded as a successful businessman. the critics have lauded the best-selling author's newest novel Noun an actor who in his lifetime received all the laud and honor that the theater world could bestow
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Those who know and love Janine Tucker often laud her contributions to women’s lacrosse. Edward Lee, Baltimore Sun, 22 Apr. 2022 Policymakers laud housing that comes with support services as the golden ticket out of homelessness. oregonlive, 19 Dec. 2021 After the exuberant duet, Twain took to Twitter to laud her co-star's performance. Zoe Sottile, CNN, 16 Apr. 2022 Throughout his political career, Biden has cultivated a reputation for unscripted candor, a trait allies laud as humanizing but adversaries deride as undisciplined. Washington Post, 14 Apr. 2022 But will Recording Academy voters award her over Eilish – already a Grammy darling with seven wins since 2020 – or miss an opportunity to laud Tony Bennett one final time? Melissa Ruggieri, USA TODAY, 31 Mar. 2022 However, while Black conservatives in Northeast Ohio laud the efforts, others remain skeptical, reports Seth Richardson. Cliff Pinckard, cleveland, 7 Mar. 2022 Hosannas poured in from across the N.F.L. and beyond to laud his career accomplishments and final statistics, figuratively etched in stone, which provided the argument that Brady was the greatest professional football player ever. New York Times, 13 Mar. 2022 Officials boast of nearly 25,000 miles of track, connecting nearly 75 percent of cities of more than 500,000 people, traveling at speeds more than 200 mph: the envy of rail enthusiasts around the world, who laud its efficiency and vision. Therese Shaheen, National Review, 27 Feb. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Mainstream platforms and public health leaders continue to ask us to ignore the evidence and laud as exceptional Israel’s public health gains. Osaid Alser, Scientific American, 27 May 2021 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, 24 May 2017 See More

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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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“Laud.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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Laud biographical name

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Definition of Laud

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

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

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