\ 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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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Some laud them as bold reforms, while others argue that less money should be directed to police departments, not more. Alexis Karteron, The Conversation, 1 June 2021 Those who’ve worked closely with Schneider — a San Mateo native and part-owner of Major League Soccer franchise Los Angeles FC — laud his innovative approach to fan experience, retail and branding. Connor Letourneau, San Francisco Chronicle, 13 Apr. 2021 Teammates laud Petit’s reliability and calm leadership. Matt Kawahara, San Francisco Chronicle, 5 May 2021 Supporters of White, and there are some despite what social media tells you, would laud Florida for making it that far. Edgar Thompson,, 24 Mar. 2021 Ozoma expected leadership would laud her for leading the change. Sidney Fussell, Wired, 8 Mar. 2021 Casper customers laud the company for their responsible customer service. Daisy Kelly,, 11 Apr. 2021 With the announcement of the new measures, advocates did laud Biden's first moves. Alexandra Jaffe, Chron, 8 Apr. 2021 Vice President Kamala Harris is scheduled to visit Las Vegas and first lady Jill Biden is going to New Jersey Monday as part of a weeklong 'Help is Here' tour to laud the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan. David Clark Scott, The Christian Science Monitor, 15 Mar. 2021 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, 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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6 Jun 2021

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“Laud.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of laud

somewhat formal : to praise (someone or something)

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