What does applaud mean?

applaud meaning in General Dictionary

expressing approbation loudly or significantly

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  • 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.

applaud meaning in Urban Dictionary

verbshow approval or praise by clapping.


applaud meaning in Etymology Dictionary

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.


applaud meaning in General Dictionary

(v. t.) To exhibit endorsement of by clapping the arms, acclamation, or any other considerable sign.

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  • (v. t.) To compliments by terms; expressing approbation of; to commend; to accept.
  • (v. i.) to state approbation loudly or dramatically.

Sentence Examples with the word applaud

I can only applaud this man's ability to deduce.

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