verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
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.
Far beyond his well-earned lucre, this is the reason to applaud Radcliffe the most.
They were up on their feet so often to applaud the Texas senator that his speech was practically an aerobics class.
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|Ron Christie|May 2, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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’|Tim Teeman|April 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I feel for you in your little difficulty, and I applaud your boldness.The Weird Sisters, Volume I (of 3)|Richard Dowling
She opened her lips and began with a vivacity and dash that made the professionals smile and applaud when she was through.The Corner House Girls in a Play|Grace Brooks Hill
What he said must have been good, for those present resisted with difficulty a disposition to applaud.A Breath of Prairie and other stories|Will Lillibridge
Lady Kew could delight in pictures, applaud good poetry, and squeeze out a tear over a good novel too.The Newcomes|William Makepeace Thackeray
Every word spoken by them, even if it applaud us, goes against the cause!The Letters of Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Volume II|Elizabeth Barrett Browning
British Dictionary definitions for applaud
Word Origin for applaud
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.