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applaud

[uh-plawd]
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verb (used without object)
  1. to clap the hands as an expression of approval, appreciation, acclamation, etc.: They applauded wildly at the end of the opera.
  2. to express approval; give praise; acclaim.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to clap the hands so as to show approval, appreciation, etc., of: to applaud an actor; to applaud a speech.
  2. to praise or express approval of: to applaud a person's ambition.
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Origin of applaud

1530–40; < Latin applaudere, equivalent to ap- ap-1 + plaudere to clap the hands
Related formsap·plaud·er, nounap·plaud·ing·ly, adverbo·ver·ap·plaud, verbre·ap·plaud, verbself-ap·plaud·ing, adjectiveun·ap·plaud·ed, adjectiveun·ap·plaud·ing, adjectivewell-ap·plaud·ed, adjective
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Related Words for applauds

encourage, laud, commend, cheer, hail, praise, recommend, approve, compliment, plug, glorify, magnify, boost, eulogize, acclaim, rave, root, extol

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British Dictionary definitions for applauds

applaud

verb
  1. to indicate approval of (a person, performance, etc) by clapping the hands
  2. (usually tr) to offer or express approval or praise of (an action, person, or thing)I applaud your decision
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Derived Formsapplauder, nounapplauding, adjectiveapplaudingly, adverb

Word Origin for applaud

C15: from Latin applaudere to clap, from plaudere to beat, applaud
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Word Origin and History for applauds

applaud

v.

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.

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