Verb applaud Definition and Examples



Definition as verb:


applaud (third-person singular simple present applauds, present participle applauding, simple past and past participle applauded)

  1. (transitive, intransitive) To express approval (of something) by clapping the hands.
  2. (transitive, intransitive) To praise, or express approval for something or someone.

More definition: clap the hands as an expression of approval, appreciation, acclamation, etc., They applauded wildly at the end of the opera. express approval; give praise; acclaim. clap the hands so as to show approval, appreciation, etc., of, to applaud an actor; to applaud a speech. praise or express approval of, to applaud a person's ambition.

1. to indicate approval of (a person, performance, etc) by clapping the hands

2. (usually transitive) to offer or express approval or praise of (an action, person, or thing), I applaud your decision Derived Formsapplauder, nounapplauding, adjectiveapplaudingly, adverb Word OriginC15, from Latin applaudere to clap, from plaudere to beat, applaudCollins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollinsPublishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 Cite This Source
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.


I applaud your anonymity.

The spectators applaud or hiss according as they make their bow well or ill.

At Valangay, where he was sent as a prisoner of state, he sank contentedly into vulgar vice, and did not scruple to applaud the French victories over the people who were suffering unutterable misery in his cause.

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