ap·​plaud | \ ə-ˈplȯd How to pronounce applaud (audio) \
applauded; applauding; applauds

Definition of applaud

intransitive verb

: to express approval especially by clapping the hands The audience applauded at the end of the performance.

transitive verb

1 : to express approval of : praise I applaud her efforts to lose weight.
2 : to show approval of especially by clapping the hands Spectators applauded the team.

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Other Words from applaud

applaudable \ ə-​ˈplȯ-​də-​bəl How to pronounce applaud (audio) \ adjective
applaudably \ ə-​ˈplȯ-​də-​blē How to pronounce applaud (audio) \ adverb
applauder noun

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Examples of applaud in a Sentence

Everyone applauded the graduates as they entered the auditorium. The audience stood and applauded her performance. We applaud the decision to lower taxes. I applaud their efforts to clean up the city, but they must do more. Rather than being criticized for her honesty, she should be applauded for it.
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Recent Examples on the Web Jackson went on to applaud current police Chief LeRonne Armstrong for his integrity and work ethic, while criticizing previous department leadership for not taking the settlement seriously. Rachel Swan, San Francisco Chronicle, 26 Aug. 2021 People immediately took the comments to applaud Chip's kind gesture. Chaise Sanders, Country Living, 24 Aug. 2021 Moceanu went on to applaud Biles for prioritizing her mental health and taking herself out of the competition. Greta Bjornson,, 9 Aug. 2021 Ahead of the Vice-Presidential car, the spectators in Dealey Plaza began to applaud the Kennedys and the Connallys as Johnson followed in their wake. Isaac Chotiner, The New Yorker, 4 Aug. 2021 Months later, Schilling was again criticized after using social media to applaud a T-shirt calling for journalists to be lynched. Jeremy Cluff, The Arizona Republic, 30 July 2021 Elizabeth Fegan, the lawyer for several accusers, including one in the Los Angeles case, said her clients applaud the development. Andrew Dalton, USA TODAY, 13 Aug. 2021 Analysts applaud how Take-Two is experimenting with trying to retain more customers, but not give away its most valuable games. Chris Morris, Fortune, 20 May 2021 However, your people manager will applaud you for handling this professionally. Johnny C. Taylor Jr., USA TODAY, 27 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of applaud

15th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

History and Etymology for applaud

Middle English, from Middle French or Latin; Middle French aplaudir, from Latin applaudere, from ad- + plaudere to applaud

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The first known use of applaud was in the 15th century

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10 Sep 2021

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“Applaud.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of applaud

: to strike the hands together over and over to show approval or praise
: to express approval of or support for (something or someone)


ap·​plaud | \ ə-ˈplȯd How to pronounce applaud (audio) \
applauded; applauding

Kids Definition of applaud

1 : to show approval especially by clapping the hands
2 : praise entry 1 sense 1 We applaud your efforts.

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