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applaud

[uh-plawd] /əˈplɔd/
verb (used without object)
1.
to clap the hands as an expression of approval, appreciation, acclamation, etc.:
They applauded wildly at the end of the opera.
2.
to express approval; give praise; acclaim.
verb (used with object)
3.
to clap the hands so as to show approval, appreciation, etc., of:
to applaud an actor; to applaud a speech.
4.
to praise or express approval of:
to applaud a person's ambition.
Origin of applaud
1530-1540
1530-40; < Latin applaudere, equivalent to ap- ap-1 + plaudere to clap the hands
Related forms
applauder, noun
applaudingly, adverb
overapplaud, verb
reapplaud, verb
self-applauding, adjective
unapplauded, adjective
unapplauding, adjective
well-applauded, adjective
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Examples from the Web for applaud
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  • But self-improvement is a dull game when there is no one to applaud your score.

  • I had an indescribable sense that I ought to applaud, as if I were a public meeting.

    Alarms and Discursions G. K. Chesterton
  • And every body will applaud an event that every body expects.

    Clarissa, Volume 3 (of 9) Samuel Richardson
  • What are you the worse if the people hiss at you, so you applaud yourself?

    The Praise of Folly Desiderius Erasmus
  • When he spoke all was tranquility of attention, and every mouth was open to applaud.

    Imogen William Godwin
British Dictionary definitions for applaud

applaud

/əˈplɔːd/
verb
1.
to indicate approval of (a person, performance, etc) by clapping the hands
2.
(usually transitive) to offer or express approval or praise of (an action, person, or thing): I applaud your decision
Derived Forms
applauder, noun
applauding, adjective
applaudingly, adverb
Word Origin
C15: from Latin applaudere to clap, from plaudere to beat, applaud
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Word Origin and History for applaud
v.

late 15c. (implied in applauding), "to express agreement or approval; to praise," from Latin applaudere "to clap the hands in approbation, to approve by clapping hands; to strike upon, beat," from ad "to" (see ad-) + plaudere "to clap" (see plaudit). Sense of "express approval of" is from 1590s; that of "to clap the hands" is from 1590s. Figurative sense arrived in English before literal. Related: Applauded; applauding.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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