\ 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 foundation lauded Khanna’s office for its work helping constituents navigate the immigration system with issues like getting visas or being stranded abroad after losing their documents. Casey Tolan, The Mercury News, "Ro Khanna, Mark DeSaulnier win national constituent service awards," 4 June 2019 Beat Saber, which was released by Czech indie studio Hyperbolic Magnetism in May, is one of virtual reality’s most popular and critically lauded games. Adi Robertson, The Verge, "Why Beat Saber is my game of the year," 18 Dec. 2018 The legacy brand is known and lauded for its limited-edition seasonal lines, which always manage to get people excited about playing with makeup again, despite the surplus of new products constantly hitting shelves. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "M.A.C.’s Supreme Beam Summer 2018 Collection Features Its Discontinued Hyper Real Foundation," 6 Aug. 2018 At turns violent and thoughtful, grim and poignant, In Bruges captures the voice of McDonagh’s lauded plays better than any of his other film work. Richard Lawson, HWD, "What’s New on Netflix in June," 24 May 2018 The findings may seem surprising considering that there are highly-visible, lauded CEOs in the fashion industry who are women, such as Emily Weiss, but don’t be fooled by the Instagram visibility. Sarah Spellings, The Cut, "The Fashion Industry Is Still Run by Men," 21 May 2018 Chanel also lauded Lagerfeld's talents as a photographer and director, noting his work for the label's imagery, short films, and more. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "The House of Chanel Reacts to Karl Lagerfeld's Death," 19 Feb. 2019 In her blog post, Walker explicitly lauded Icke’s ideas about the lizard people who control the world. Constance Grady, Vox, "The Alice Walker anti-Semitism controversy, explained," 20 Dec. 2018 Principal James Reynolds lauded the class’ accomplishments, such as earning an estimated $3.2 million in scholarships. David Anderson, The Aegis, "More than a class, Havre de Grace High graduates say they are a family," 1 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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English Language Learners Definition of laud

somewhat formal : to praise (someone or something)

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