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
John Carlo, a Dallas physician who specializes in public health, applauded the new study for highlighting the importance of the density of crowds in indoor venues such as grocery stores.These venues are high-risk areas for spreading the coronavirus, model suggests | Ben Guarino, Joel Achenbach | November 10, 2020 | Washington Post
Bice applauded the recruiting efforts by organizations bolstering GOP women.House GOP chipped away at Democratic majority. They can thank female candidates. | Paulina Firozi | November 7, 2020 | Washington Post
Stocks soared Thursday as investors applauded signs that power in Washington could be divided between a Democratic president and a Republican Senate determined to block his most ambitious proposals.Wall Street rallies as investors believe Washington gridlock is good for business | David Lynch, Taylor Telford | November 5, 2020 | Washington Post
If you shut down Facebook tomorrow, which I think a lot of people would applaud, it wouldn’t solve the problem.Why the Left Had to Steal the Right’s Dark-Money Playbook (Bonus Episode) | Sudhir Venkatesh | October 31, 2020 | Freakonomics
Not only do I respect but I applaud the awareness that’s come into not just society but especially in sports.Baseball has changed since the last time Tony La Russa was a manager. Can he change with it? | Dave Sheinin | October 29, 2020 | Washington Post
Sure, there are many times during the speech where one party applauds and the other does not.How Obama Prepares for the Grueling State of the Union | Jon Favreau | January 28, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Dr. Kent Sepkowitz applauds the CDC investigators for straying off-message.CDC Researchers Find Lower Mortality Rates Among Overweight People | Kent Sepkowitz | January 3, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Geoffrey Kabaservice applauds Paul Ryan the man - but warns of the direction in which Ryanism will lead the GOP.
He applauds the many choices available, but still believes there is a need for public television.
American Islamic Forum for Democracy said it “applauds” the news.
“Jim” Fisk had traits like these, but who now applauds them?The Arena | Various
See there that which one regards, that which one applauds, that which one shall forget never!
Csars wife should be above suspicion, said haughty Csar, and the world applauds; but every woman is czarina by divine right.A New Atmosphere | Gail Hamilton
To tell the truth he begins to feel ashamed of himself, the more so that Mr. Langton applauds Reine's determination.Guy Kenmore's Wife and The Rose and the Lily | Mrs. Alex McVeigh Miller
If the audience applauds, wait till the noise of the clapping is over to finish your speech.The Peace Egg and Other tales | Juliana Horatia Ewing
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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