[ uh-plawd ]
/ əˈplɔd /

verb (used without object)

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.

verb (used with object)

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

1530–40; < Latin applaudere, equivalent to ap- ap-1 + plaudere to clap the hands

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British Dictionary definitions for applaud

/ (əˈplɔːd) /


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

Derived forms of applaud

applauder, nounapplauding, adjectiveapplaudingly, adverb

Word Origin for applaud

C15: from Latin applaudere to clap, from plaudere to beat, applaud
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