applaud /əˈplɔːd/


I. verb [no obj.]

1. show approval or praise by clapping

the crowd whistled and applauded
[with obj.]
his speech was loudly applauded.
2. [with obj.] show strong approval of (a person or action); praise

Jill applauded the decision.
– origin late 15th cent.: from Latin applaudere, from ad- ‘to’ + plaudere ‘to clap’, reinforced by French applaudir.

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