Definition of laud in English:



  • Praise (a person or their achievements) highly.

    ‘the obituary lauded him as a great statesman and soldier’
    ‘her much-lauded rendering of Lady Macbeth’
    • ‘In the Commons, she was extravagantly lauded for her honesty, integrity, humanity.’
    • ‘Ironically, when a person is able to maintain a reputation for honesty, he or she is lauded.’
    • ‘It may seem that I am justifying or lauding the attack.’
    • ‘Their achievements will be lauded in the hills around Killawalla for many years.’
    • ‘I don't know much about this director, but I hear he is highly lauded in certain circles.’
    • ‘Now she is lauded as the beloved elder stateswoman of the tournament.’
    • ‘It deserves to be lauded and praised as much as it deserves to be scrutinized and picked apart.’
    • ‘If these people wished to laud him, they were welcome to it - he would simply sit and enjoy the rather wonderful irony.’
    • ‘We took them out and carefully replaced them where we found them and ended the matter with suitable speeches, lauding ourselves for our great achievement.’
    • ‘The British public are notoriously fickle about their celebrities - bullying them one minute, lauding them the next.’
    • ‘As a reward, I will mention your pasta-sauce-making attempt on the mainpage and laud you and revere you for all to see.’
    • ‘The awards laud achievements in commercial, dramatic, and documentary film and television.’
    • ‘Well those who protect this system of conservatism and corporatism love lauding us with such flowery titles.’
    • ‘For this he was lauded by the international business press and Washington.’
    • ‘In the long term, in paradise, but also in the short term, as others from church lauded me for my suffering.’
    • ‘I imagine he's out there drawing cartoons somewhere or painting paintings, but no one's beating his door down lauding him as the great artist that he is.’
    • ‘Which is why both these films had critics lauding them’
    • ‘He'd been a perfect gentleman, lauding me with compliments, calling when he said he would.’
    • ‘What about the gifts in cash and kind reporters on the business pages are liable to receive for lauding a particular scrip or company?’
    • ‘He had sort of a cult following him, admiring and lauding his every action.’
    praise, extol, hail, applaud, acclaim, commend, admire, approve of, make much of, sing the praises of, lionize, speak highly of, pay homage to, pay tribute to, eulogize, sing paeans to
    cheer, celebrate, welcome, salute, glorify, exalt, rhapsodize about, rhapsodize over, honour, adore, revere, venerate, idolize
    put on a pedestal, rave about
    big someone up, big something up
    cry someone up, cry something up
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  • [mass noun] Praise.

    ‘all glory, laud, and honour to Thee Redeemer King’


Late Middle English: the noun from Old French laude, the verb from Latin laudare, both from Latin laus, laud- praise (see also lauds).