Definition of applaud verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    applaud

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//əˈplɔːd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈplɔːd//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they applaud
    BrE BrE//əˈplɔːd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈplɔːd//
     
    he / she / it applauds
    BrE BrE//əˈplɔːdz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈplɔːdz//
     
    past simple applauded
    BrE BrE//əˈplɔːdɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈplɔːdɪd//
     
    past participle applauded
    BrE BrE//əˈplɔːdɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈplɔːdɪd//
     
    -ing form applauding
    BrE BrE//əˈplɔːdɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈplɔːdɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1[intransitive, transitive] to show your approval of somebody/something by clapping your hands He started to applaud and the others joined in. applaud somebody They rose to applaud the speaker. She was applauded as she came on stage. The audience applauded loudly.
  2. 2[transitive] (formal) to express praise for somebody/something because you approve of them or it applaud something We applaud her decision. His efforts to improve the situation are to be applauded. The decision to save the company has been warmly applauded. applaud somebody (for something) I applaud her for having the courage to refuse.
  3. Word Origin late 15th cent.: from Latin applaudere, from ad- ‘to’ + plaudere ‘to clap’, reinforced by French applaudir.
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