Definition of acclaim in English:



  • Praise enthusiastically and publicly.

    ‘the conference was acclaimed as a considerable success’
    [with object and complement] ‘he was acclaimed a great painter’
    • ‘But to prove just how fickle us motoring journalists can be, a straw poll among the test party found opinions pretty-well equally divided, half giving the petrol the thumbs up and the others acclaiming the diesel.’
    • ‘Should excellence in the high arts be acclaimed, in the same way as achievements in sport are ritually applauded?’
    • ‘In our sixth annual awards, the Doors team acclaims the people and events that are revving up the next digital revolution’
    • ‘This as their visiting fans acclaimed their team with a volley of applause that would have done justice to a rookery of seals.’
    • ‘It was instantly acclaimed as a classic and had a huge influence throughout the Western world.’
    • ‘She is now acclaimed as a successful musician who can sing in eight languages.’
    • ‘They are some of the most committed people i know and should be publicly acclaimed.’
    • ‘Their albums are usually acclaimed by critics and music nerds, but fail to become major hits.’
    • ‘YORK acclaims itself as a cycling city, and perhaps it is, if you can survive the pot holes, hazardous junctions and bike-blind drivers.’
    • ‘In any case, his Romeo and Juliet has been much acclaimed and he's had the time of his life working with the RNZB.’
    • ‘His work is widely acclaimed and was recognised by Sir Isaac Newton as a front-runner to his own theories.’
    • ‘Some have likened the book to a ‘French War and Peace’ and others have evoked Anne Frank's diary but critics are united in acclaiming it as one of the most important novels about the occupation.’
    • ‘The world acclaims the hero who marches to triumph at the head of a great people.’
    • ‘Although her films have been critically acclaimed, they haven't been so successful at the box office.’
    • ‘He was cheered to the echo and, a trifle remarkably, joyously, and continually, waved to the thousands who were acclaiming him.’
    • ‘France acclaims the diplomatic efforts of Britain and the United States, which allowed this result to be achieved.’
    • ‘For decades it has been acclaimed as pop music's lost masterpiece, the holy grail of rock and the best album never made.’
    • ‘Then they would be publicly acclaimed as role models for the loyal opposition.’
    • ‘Last year, it was critically acclaimed as one of the best calypso shows staged.’
    • ‘TWO acclaimed pieces of drama are set to treat Malvern audiences to a couple of top-class nights out.’
    celebrated, admired, highly rated, lionized, revered, honoured, esteemed, exalted, lauded, vaunted, much touted, well thought of, well received, acknowledged
    eminent, venerable, august, great, renowned, distinguished, prestigious, illustrious, pre-eminent, estimable, of note, noted, notable, of repute, of high standing, considerable
    praise, applaud, cheer, commend, express approval of, approve, express admiration for, welcome, pay tribute to, speak highly of, eulogize, compliment, congratulate, celebrate, sing the praises of, praise to the skies, rave about, go into raptures about, go into raptures over, heap praise on, wax lyrical about, say nice things about, make much of, pat on the back, take one's hat off to, salute, throw bouquets at, lionize, exalt, admire, hail, toast, flatter, adulate, vaunt, extol, glorify, honour, hymn, clap
    proclaim, announce, declare, pronounce, hail as
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  • Enthusiastic and public praise.

    ‘she has won acclaim for her commitment to democracy’
    • ‘The film, which will be released in the UK later this year, has already won considerable acclaim in the US.’
    • ‘The novel won her international acclaim, earning her a Whitbread nomination.’
    • ‘The movie has won critical acclaim and tasted commercial success in the West.’
    • ‘A North Yorkshire organisation which helps to steer young offenders away from a life of crime has won national acclaim.’
    • ‘She has also won acclaim as a short story writer, with one of her collections being aired on TV as a prime time serial.’
    • ‘All his novels are written in French, and they have received great acclaim there, winning the country's top prizes.’
    • ‘Chicago has already won critical acclaim and attracted big box office takings in London and the United States.’
    • ‘He has achieved it without sponsorship, riches or public acclaim.’
    • ‘Barbarian Invasions has won plaudits and critical acclaim in Canada and elsewhere.’
    • ‘Besides being a phenomenal success that set the cash registers ringing, it won critical acclaim too.’
    • ‘Their debut album has sold over a million copies worldwide since its release in February and has won critical acclaim.’
    • ‘Their performances would merit public acclaim in any of the worlds great stages or theatres.’
    • ‘But how to convince those who regard it as an ugly and brutal activity that it merits wider public acclaim?’
    • ‘The service comes six months after the fountain was opened to massive public acclaim.’
    • ‘Remember, Newry did pride itself for its flower displays before and won widespread acclaim for it.’
    • ‘It's made more money and won more universal acclaim than any film for decades, but never has there been a trilogy of such proportions.’
    • ‘The movie had won critical acclaim and is actually one of the few hits that Bollywood turned out this year so far.’
    • ‘They may even benefit, if, in this secular society, the offer of public acclaim succeeds in stimulating the mean to give.’
    • ‘He starred in the first festival in 1995, helping to win it national acclaim.’
    • ‘Since then he has won much acclaim and has had many public commissions, often on a large scale.’
    praise, applause, cheers, ovation, tribute, accolade, acclamation, salutes, plaudits
    approval, admiration, approbation, congratulations, commendation, welcome, flattery, kudos, adulation, homage
    compliment, a pat on the back, eulogy, encomium, panegyric, bouquets, laurels, testimonial
    extolment, laudation, eulogium
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Early 17th century (in the sense express approval): from Latin acclamare, from ad- to + clamare to shout The spelling has been influenced by association with claim. Current senses date from the 17th century.