- 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
Related Words for applaudsencourage, laud, commend, cheer, hail, praise, recommend, approve, compliment, plug, glorify, magnify, boost, eulogize, acclaim, rave, root, extol
Examples from the Web for applauds
Contemporary Examples of applauds
Dr. Kent Sepkowitz applauds the CDC investigators for straying off-message.CDC Researchers Find Lower Mortality Rates Among Overweight People
January 3, 2013
Geoffrey Kabaservice applauds Paul Ryan the man - but warns of the direction in which Ryanism will lead the GOP.Paul Ryan: Good Man, Wrong Plan
August 13, 2012
He applauds the many choices available, but still believes there is a need for public television.Television’s Vast Wasteland
May 11, 2011
American Islamic Forum for Democracy said it “applauds” the news.Osama bin Laden's Pakistan Haven
Asra Q. Nomani
May 2, 2011
And Stacey Oliver applauds the women on the show who have successful careers; she just wishes she could see a little more of it.Why Teens Love Real Housewives
January 5, 2011
Historical Examples of applauds
Applauds Clarissa for the generosity of her spirit, and the greatness of her mind.Clarissa, Volume 2 (of 9)
Undine (for such is her name) applauds this with great gusto.An Outcast
F. Colburn Adams
“Jim” Fisk had traits like these, but who now applauds them?The Arena
These men will tell you, that New England applauds this invasion.
There is not a State, that I can hear of, but applauds her, and wishes her success.
- 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 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.