- 1 [intransitive, transitive] to show your approval of someone or something by clapping (= hitting your hands together) 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.
- 2 [transitive] (formal) to express praise for someone or something because you approve of them or it applaud something We applaud her decision. His efforts to improve the situation are to be applauded. applaud somebody (for something) I applaud her for having the courage to say no.
NAmE//əˈplɔd//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they applaud
he / she / it applauds
past simple applauded
-ing form applauding