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

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
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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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1 May 2021

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“Laud.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of laud

somewhat formal : to praise (someone or something)

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