- to clap the hands as an expression of approval, appreciation, acclamation, etc.: They applauded wildly at the end of the opera.
- to express approval; give praise; acclaim.
- to clap the hands so as to show approval, appreciation, etc., of: to applaud an actor; to applaud a speech.
- to praise or express approval of: to applaud a person's ambition.
Origin of applaud
Examples from the Web for applaud
It seems backwards to applaud what is already necessary, what has already been clear for a long time.The Unbearable Whiteness of Protesting
Rawiya Kameir, Judnick Mayard
December 10, 2014
Far beyond his well-earned lucre, this is the reason to applaud Radcliffe the most.Daniel Radcliffe: I’m Richer Than One Direction
October 24, 2014
They were up on their feet so often to applaud the Texas senator that his speech was practically an aerobics class.Paul, Cruz Duel at ‘Values Voter’ Event
September 26, 2014
I applaud Paul Ryan and the CBC members for their willingness to engage while respectfully listening to what each had to say.Paul Ryan Opens a Door to the Congressional Black Congress
May 2, 2014
If it was The View, someone off to the side would be motioning for the audience to applaud.It’s Not Just the Vaccines. Jenny McCarthy’s New Book Offers More ‘Lessons’
April 28, 2014
But self-improvement is a dull game when there is no one to applaud your score.The Incomplete Amorist
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)
What are you the worse if the people hiss at you, so you applaud yourself?The Praise of Folly
When he spoke all was tranquility of attention, and every mouth was open to applaud.Imogen
- to indicate approval of (a person, performance, etc) by clapping the hands
- (usually tr) to offer or express approval or praise of (an action, person, or thing)I applaud your decision
Word Origin and History for applaud
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.