Definition of applaud in English:

applaud

verb

[NO OBJECT]
  • 1 Show approval or praise by clapping:

    ‘the crowd whistled and applauded’
    [with object] ‘his speech was loudly applauded’
    • ‘The crowd applauded warmly, before launching into traditional hymns that filled the vast church.’
    • ‘I was being wheeled off the basketball court and the fans were applauding loudly, a sound that could only make my head throb even more.’
    • ‘If a certain state delegation was not applauding enough during a speech, that fact would be relayed to its leader.’
    • ‘The crowd cheered and applauded, their downtrodden spirits uplifted once more at their chosen king's words.’
    • ‘In the wings of the conference floors one delegate applauded so loudly that his hands must have bled.’
    • ‘They're shouting and applauding whatever's on.’
    • ‘At the end of the number we more or less collapsed into a hug as the crowd applauded.’
    • ‘Sporting a tartan dinner suit, he was cheered and applauded as he accepted the silver statue.’
    • ‘Her first task was to coax and cajole the gathering into applauding loudly, in order to welcome her.’
    • ‘How do you make what amounts to a scoreless tie exciting enough to keep a crowd cheering and applauding for two hours?’
    • ‘Every man in maroon leaving the pitch had a hand shaken by their manager as the Hearts supporters cheered and applauded.’
    • ‘They begin to applaud loudly, their hands coming together to form a symphony all its own.’
    • ‘Suddenly a loud clap came from one of the men, followed by another, and then another until his whole command was clapping and applauding.’
    • ‘As the crowd applauds, you can't help rooting for him, too.’
    • ‘I began clapping to the music, and they started clapping and applauding.’
    • ‘We got stiffly to our feet and clapped the encores, applauded and cheered the memory of what we once believed and wanted to be.’
    • ‘The crowd applauded when he said this was a perfect opportunity for the university to ask for more funding.’
    • ‘The crowd applauded at the speech as the Mayor turned to reveal the sign for the new wing of the museum.’
    • ‘This is the only film I have ever seen in the cinema where the audience stood up at the end and cheered and applauded.’
    • ‘The entire crowd of guests cheered and applauded as the two walked towards the dance floor.’
    clap, cheer, whistle, give a standing ovation to, put one's hands together
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    1. 1.1[with object] Show strong approval of (a person or action); praise:
      ‘Jill applauded the decision’
      • ‘The work here is critical to humankind and we need to applaud the people who work here rather than abuse them.’
      • ‘He applauded the boys and girls who had shown leadership by becoming Hosts and Hostesses in the club.’
      • ‘My son and I rented a boat and when we removed litter floating on the water, people on the shore applauded us.’
      • ‘And he applauded staff who have been made redundant and those lucky enough to still be employed.’
      • ‘After a while people would have forgiven him and even applauded him for taking responsibility.’
      • ‘She read over them all, and pronounced them good, applauding her employees and their approval of what they were doing.’
      • ‘Your anonymous writer speaks about the hypocrisy within the Church and then applauds a man for his views which totally contradict the faith that he claims to follow.’
      • ‘It applauds guest worker programs and expanded voting rights for noncitizen immigrants.’
      • ‘The middle section of the tape applauds those artists and activists who used video to tackle political and social issues.’
      • ‘The police applauded their mounted colleagues; the miners went away to lick their wounds.’
      • ‘Off it he excelled even more as an administrator, and in lauding and applauding him I also thank him for services so superbly rendered.’
      • ‘This is a victory for commonsense and we want to applaud the Minister for standing with the people on this issue.’
      • ‘Anyway, we're not applauding the institutions here - we're applauding the individuals.’
      • ‘It was a display of pointless truculence and ignorance and he was applauded for it.’
      • ‘You are applauded for your professional prowess and dexterity in a business venture.’
      • ‘It was insecurity, she argues, that led him into the trap of trying to be what people would applaud him for being.’
      • ‘It's the one job in the world that you can roll up to stoned out of your mind and you're actually applauded for it.’
      • ‘If this is a step toward full cooperation then we all should be applauding him.’
      • ‘First off, not all the Jesus crowd is against the concept, so I applaud you people.’
      • ‘Only a man who loved someone beyond their looks could get over this hurdle and for that I applaud him.’
      praise, commend, acclaim, salute, extol, laud, admire, welcome, celebrate, express admiration for, express approval of, look on with favour, favour, approve of, sing the praises of, pay tribute to, speak highly of, take one's hat off to, pay homage to, express respect for
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Origin

Late 15th century: from Latin applaudere, from ad- to + plaudere to clap, reinforced by French applaudir.

Pronunciation:

applaud

/əˈplɔːd/