\ 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 In comments released by the governor's office, Ladapo also appeared to laud Florida's work against the pandemic over policies undertaken in California. NBC News, 22 Sep. 2021 Coaches laud his ability to take instruction in practice. Connor Letourneau, San Francisco Chronicle, 7 July 2021 When she was honored with the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard award in 2014 at the MTV VMAs, Jay-Z was the one to take the stage (with Blue Ivy) to laud his queen and give her the physical award. Victoria Uwumarogie, Essence, 20 July 2021 Archbishop Elpidophoros, Bishop Oscar Solis laud the importance of interfaith dialogue. Kaitlyn Bancroft, The Salt Lake Tribune, 20 July 2021 More than 2,500 reviewers laud these sturdy bikes for the youngest riders. Nicole Briese, USA TODAY, 22 June 2021 Not only are there many devoted customers who’ve taken to her Google page to laud the flavors and the services received, but Oldham’s works of art have been consumed by the stars, too. Victoria Uwumarogie, Essence, 20 May 2021 Khadeen & Devale Ellis Devale took some time to laud his gorgeous wife Khadeen, and their love story. Essence, 7 June 2021 This is also a time to laud the structural successes that can serve as roadmaps for improvement elsewhere. Steve Salee, Forbes, 7 June 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Mainstream platforms and public health leaders continue to ask us to ignore the evidence and laud as exceptional Israel’s public health gains. Osaid Alser, Scientific American, 27 May 2021 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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“Laud.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Oct. 2021.

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: to praise (someone or something)

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