Even if we cannot applaud his actions, we can at least understand them.
One could not help but applaud, even if the goal was grist to the glory-mill of the Dear Leader.
The next stop comes, Carroll, and when the newbies with red white and blue balloons get on, we applaud and laugh again.
Last week, Obama visited a Boeing plant to hype the lower tax-rate idea and applaud its job-creation acumen.
Sure, he still has a ways to go, but we have to applaud his efforts and sense of humor about the whole thing.
He jumped on his feet, rising to his full height, and began to applaud with all his might.
What are you the worse if the people hiss at you, so you applaud yourself?
That is, at a concert they will not so applaud one artist as to break up the program.
When he spoke all was tranquility of attention, and every mouth was open to applaud.
Either to applaud the negro songs—or perhaps an ironical comment on the sorrow, anger, or style of the stock poets.
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.