verb (used without object)
to clap the hands as an expression of approval, appreciation, acclamation, etc.: They applauded wildly at the end of the opera.
to express approval; give praise; acclaim.
verb (used with object)
to clap the hands so as to show approval, appreciation, etc., of: to applaud an actor; to applaud a speech.
to praise or express approval of: to applaud a person's ambition.

1530–40; < Latin applaudere, equivalent to ap- ap-1 + plaudere to clap the hands

applauder, noun
applaudingly, adverb
overapplaud, verb
reapplaud, verb
self-applauding, adjective
unapplauded, adjective
unapplauding, adjective
well-applauded, adjective Unabridged
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applaud (əˈplɔːd)
1.  to indicate approval of (a person, performance, etc) by clapping the hands
2.  (usually tr) to offer or express approval or praise of (an action, person, or thing): I applaud your decision
[C15: from Latin applaudere to clap, from plaudere to beat, applaud]

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Word Origin & History

1530s, "to express agreement with," from L. applaudere "to clap the hands in approbation, to approve by clapping hands," from ad "to" + 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.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Example sentences
Fraternities and sororities would orchestrate loud cheering sections to applaud
  each of their members as they crossed the stage.
Parents around the country will surely applaud this effort.
One has to applaud the genius of a city that provides not only a complication
  but its resolution.
The people in the audience are actors and entertainers also, but they are
  looking at him with pride as they applaud.
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