acclaim /əˈkleɪm/


I. verb [with obj.]

1. praise enthusiastically and publicly

the conference was acclaimed as a considerable success.
II. noun [ mass noun]

1. enthusiastic and public praise

she has won acclaim for her commitment to democracy.
– origin early 17th cent. (in the sense ‘express approval’): from Latin acclamare, from ad- ‘to’ + clamare ‘to shout’. The change in the ending was due to association with claim. Current senses date from the 17th cent.

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