\ 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

Jacobs had also lauded the Birmingham office in a speech at the National Weather Association annual conference in Huntsville, Alabama on Tuesday. Jason Samenow, Anchorage Daily News, "With agency-wide email, NOAA chief moves to regain scientists’ trust after defending incorrect Trump tweet," 14 Sep. 2019 Jacobs had also lauded the Birmingham office in a speech at the National Weather Association annual conference in Huntsville, Alabama on Tuesday. al, "NOAA chief seeks to repair damage from Trump Alabama Dorian statement," 14 Sep. 2019 Similarly, Gladwell lauds efforts to apply location and context to policing strategies by Kansas City law enforcement, which used geographic analysis of high-crime areas to increase enforcement of traffic violations across a few select city blocks. Chris Barton, Los Angeles Times, "Review: What do Bernie Madoff and Sylvia Plath have in common? Malcolm Gladwell explains," 7 Sep. 2019 The neighborhood, sometimes lauded as a national model for development and residential planning, sprawls across some 210 acres acquired by the Roland Park Company more than 100 years ago. Baltimore Sun Staff,, "These impressive Baltimore homes once housed 20th century elite. But are they marketable to today’s buyers?," 5 Sep. 2019 Erdmann lauded Mann’s improved ability to get off the line of scrimmage and his ability to win balls tossed his way. Jace Frederick, Twin Cities, "High school football: Gophers commit Jonathan Mann is Rosemount’s star receiver, and ideal leader," 28 Aug. 2019 Bob Vlaisavljevich, the mayor of this small town in the north-eastern corner of the state, lauds taconite and other minerals as the spine of the local economy. The Economist, "Rural Minnesota’s Democratic voters are shifting allegiances," 22 Aug. 2019 In an email Sunday to Democratic National Committee members, the party chair, Tom Perez, lauded the work of local organizers to secure 17,000 rooms. Bill Glauber, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Hotel assignments for 2020 DNC convention in Milwaukee could stretch to O'Hare," 19 Aug. 2019 Feng also lauded the city’s prior efforts to build housing, including the recent opening of 19 affordable units at The Veranda — a $12 million development, to which Cupertino contributed more than $5 million. Marisa Kendall, The Mercury News, "Faced with threat of litigation, Cupertino promises to follow housing law," 19 Aug. 2019

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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to wander slowly or to speak indistinctly

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