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[uh-plawd] /əˈplɔd/
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
Related forms
applauder, noun
applaudingly, adverb
overapplaud, verb
reapplaud, verb
self-applauding, adjective
unapplauded, adjective
unapplauding, adjective
well-applauded, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for applauded
  • Relieved at the change of mood, the audience applauded.
  • He applauded any new attempt to use modeling as a means to root out the causes of the mammoth's extinction.
  • Audiences applauded our performance, and our producer received positive feedback from various festival organizers.
  • The adults in the room applauded both correct answers.
  • After he finished, the children applauded and jostled to shake my hand.
  • We applauded our bus driver down below and made peace with our various gods.
  • Advances in bio fuel technology aught to be applauded, even if bio fuels out pace solar for energy in transportation markets.
  • Whatever excites the mind into a state of fervor, whatever powerfully awakens the feelings, is listened to and applauded.
  • The choice was applauded by that prince, and also by the bishops and nobility of the whole kingdom.
  • The frogs applauded the speech of their king, and straightway they went to their armor and their weapons.
British Dictionary definitions for applauded


to indicate approval of (a person, performance, etc) by clapping the hands
(usually transitive) to offer or express approval or praise of (an action, person, or thing): I applaud your decision
Derived Forms
applauder, noun
applauding, adjective
applaudingly, adverb
Word Origin
C15: from Latin applaudere to clap, from plaudere to beat, applaud
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Word Origin and History for applauded



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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