\ 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

If food is the way to your heart, this area features eateries lauded on the L.A. Times’ notable burger, dive bar, doughnut, and ice cream lists. Sara Stoudt, Los Angeles Times, "Four Hours: Manhattan Beach offers surfside places to relax and recharge," 13 Sep. 2019 The 292-word statement included comments from Henry, Werner, and Kennedy lauding Dombrowski and his accomplishments., "He joined team president Sam Kennedy, chief operating officer Jon Gilula, and human resources director Amy Waryas for a ceremony honoring a group of longtime employees.," 10 Sep. 2019 On the one hand, teammates have continued to praise everything about the soon-to-be 25-year-old quarterback, lauding his leadership, work ethic and attention to detail. Dan Wiederer,, "5 questions as Bears training camp ends: Has the defense adjusted to Chuck Pagano? Is Mitch Trubisky progressing? And how healthy is this team?," 10 Aug. 2019 The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee has not endorsed a candidate, and the Texas Democratic Party remains neutral in primaries but released statements lauding all three candidates. Caitlin Conant, CBS News, "2020 Daily Trail Markers: An early look at which Democrats qualify for the 3rd debate," 22 July 2019 Corcoran and John were from a family with 10 children, a childhood the TV personality lauded on her social media before her brother's death. Madeline Holcombe, CNN, "'Shark Tank' star Barbara Corcoran's brother died in the Dominican Republic," 14 June 2019 Lewis Katz, former owner of the Nets, gave an impassioned speech during a collective-bargaining session lauding the value of a college education for players. Andrew Zimbalist, WSJ, "NBA Players Don’t Need College," 24 Oct. 2018 Republican Senate Judiciary Spokesman Taylor Foy issued a statement lauding Kavanaugh’s integrity. Alyssa Milano, Harper's BAZAAR, "Republicans Are Waging War on Women—and Two Women Can Stop Them," 20 Sep. 2018 Gold medal draped around his neck and trophy beside him, Koepka spent the end of his victory press conference lauding his friend. Stephanie Apstein,, "Putting Poses as Dustin Johnson’s Biggest Shortcoming in Final Round at U.S. Open," 17 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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