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.
- ap·plaud·er, noun
- ap·plaud·ing·ly, adverb
- o·ver·ap·plaud, verb
- re·ap·plaud, verb
- self-ap·plaud·ing, adjective
- un·ap·plaud·ed, adjective
- un·ap·plaud·ing, adjective
- well-ap·plaud·ed, adjective
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How to use applaud in a sentence
“This is an example of the progress that can be achieved when you collaborate and dedicate resources to improving the quality of water,” said Ohio governor Mike DeWine last year, applauding the EPA’s decision to declare fish in the river safe to eat.
To which the farmers and ranchers listening to his speech applauded very mightily.How the Supermarket Helped America Win the Cold War (Ep. 386 Rebroadcast) | Stephen J. Dubner | August 6, 2020 | Freakonomics
Further, while TikTok should be applauded for exposing its algorithm, its competitors are likely to scoff at its suggestion that “all companies should disclose their algorithms, moderation policies, and data flows to regulators.”Social Shorts: TikTok’s future, Quora lead-gen ads, Facebook’s India plans | Ginny Marvin | August 3, 2020 | Search Engine Land
We try to show all sides to the story’ — lots of people are trying to do that … I applaud what they try to get at, but I just don’t see that as a defendable position.Six months in, News Corp’s ‘Knewz’ aggregator has big ambitions | Lara O'Reilly | July 16, 2020 | Digiday
Protecting their funding is a noble intention, and the Legislature should be applauded for it.New State Budget Will Do Irreparable Harm to Schools | Alec Patton | June 29, 2020 | Voice of San Diego
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 | THE 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 | THE DAILY BEAST
A small contingent of the members hurried off to applaud the successful comic opera of the hour.The Pit Town Coronet, Volume I (of 3) | Charles James Wills
I think so, at least, by the agitation they are in and by the self-satisfied air with which they applaud their success.The 'Characters' of Jean de La Bruyre | Jean de La Bruyre
When June's fortune is finished all applaud her, as if she had performed some feat of skill, and then Mr. Morrell seizes Wy.Mushroom Town | Oliver Onions
All eyes are bent in eager gaze to catch the first glimpse of the new Hamlet—all hands are ready to applaud.
He himself was sufficient audience to himself, ready to applaud and condemn with equal exaggeration of feeling.Sinister Street, vol. 1 | Compton Mackenzie
British Dictionary definitions for applaud
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
- applauder, noun
- applauding, adjective
- applaudingly, adverb
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