Definition of applaud in English:



  • 1Show approval or praise by clapping.

    ‘the crowd whistled and applauded’
    with object ‘his speech was loudly applauded’
    • ‘The crowd cheered and applauded, their downtrodden spirits uplifted once more at their chosen king's words.’
    • ‘At the end of the number we more or less collapsed into a hug as the crowd applauded.’
    • ‘The crowd applauded at the speech as the Mayor turned to reveal the sign for the new wing of the museum.’
    • ‘Her first task was to coax and cajole the gathering into applauding loudly, in order to welcome her.’
    • ‘As the crowd applauds, you can't help rooting for him, too.’
    • ‘If a certain state delegation was not applauding enough during a speech, that fact would be relayed to its leader.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We got stiffly to our feet and clapped the encores, applauded and cheered the memory of what we once believed and wanted to be.’
    • ‘This is the only film I have ever seen in the cinema where the audience stood up at the end and cheered and applauded.’
    • ‘Suddenly a loud clap came from one of the men, followed by another, and then another until his whole command was clapping and applauding.’
    • ‘They begin to applaud loudly, their hands coming together to form a symphony all its own.’
    • ‘The entire crowd of guests cheered and applauded as the two walked towards the dance floor.’
    • ‘I began clapping to the music, and they started clapping and applauding.’
    • ‘The crowd applauded warmly, before launching into traditional hymns that filled the vast church.’
    • ‘They're shouting and applauding whatever's on.’
    • ‘Every man in maroon leaving the pitch had a hand shaken by their manager as the Hearts supporters cheered and applauded.’
    • ‘Sporting a tartan dinner suit, he was cheered and applauded as he accepted the silver statue.’
    • ‘The crowd applauded when he said this was a perfect opportunity for the university to ask for more funding.’
    • ‘In the wings of the conference floors one delegate applauded so loudly that his hands must have bled.’
    • ‘How do you make what amounts to a scoreless tie exciting enough to keep a crowd cheering and applauding for two hours?’
    clap, cheer, whistle, give a standing ovation to, put one's hands together
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    1. 1.1with object Show strong approval of (a person or action); praise.
      ‘Jill applauded the decision’
      • ‘It was insecurity, she argues, that led him into the trap of trying to be what people would applaud him for being.’
      • ‘Off it he excelled even more as an administrator, and in lauding and applauding him I also thank him for services so superbly rendered.’
      • ‘Anyway, we're not applauding the institutions here - we're applauding the individuals.’
      • ‘If this is a step toward full cooperation then we all should be applauding him.’
      • ‘She read over them all, and pronounced them good, applauding her employees and their approval of what they were doing.’
      • ‘It was a display of pointless truculence and ignorance and he was applauded for it.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘My son and I rented a boat and when we removed litter floating on the water, people on the shore applauded us.’
      • ‘The middle section of the tape applauds those artists and activists who used video to tackle political and social issues.’
      • ‘This is a victory for commonsense and we want to applaud the Minister for standing with the people on this issue.’
      • ‘After a while people would have forgiven him and even applauded him for taking responsibility.’
      • ‘You are applauded for your professional prowess and dexterity in a business venture.’
      • ‘Only a man who loved someone beyond their looks could get over this hurdle and for that I applaud him.’
      • ‘He applauded the boys and girls who had shown leadership by becoming Hosts and Hostesses in the club.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The work here is critical to humankind and we need to applaud the people who work here rather than abuse them.’
      • ‘First off, not all the Jesus crowd is against the concept, so I applaud you people.’
      • ‘The police applauded their mounted colleagues; the miners went away to lick their wounds.’
      • ‘And he applauded staff who have been made redundant and those lucky enough to still be employed.’
      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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Late 15th century: from Latin applaudere, from ad- ‘to’ + plaudere ‘to clap’, reinforced by French applaudir.