expressing approbation loudly or significantly
- showing approval of by clapping the hands acclamation or any other considerable sign
- present approval of
- clap your fingers or shout after activities to indicate endorsement
- showing approval of by clapping the arms, acclamation, or any other significant sign.
- To praise by terms; expressing approbation of; to commend; to approve.
- to state approbation loudly or somewhat.
verbshow approval or praise by clapping.
late 15c. (implied in applauding), "to express contract or endorsement; to compliments," from Latin applaudere "to clap the arms in approbation, to approve by clapping arms; to hit on, overcome," from advertising "to" (see ad-) + plaudere "to clap" (see plaudit). Feeling of "express approval of" is from 1590s; that "to clap the hands" is from 1590s. Figurative good sense found its way to English before literal. Associated: Applauded; applauding.
(v. t.) To exhibit endorsement of by clapping the arms, acclamation, or any other considerable sign.
- (v. t.) To compliments by terms; expressing approbation of; to commend; to accept.
- (v. i.) to state approbation loudly or dramatically.
I can only applaud this man's ability to deduce.