from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- intransitive v. To express approval, especially by clapping the hands.
- transitive v. To express approval of (someone or something) especially by such clapping.
- transitive v. To commend highly; praise: applauded her decision to complete her degree.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Applause; applauding.
- n. Plaudit.
- v. To express approval (of something) by clapping the hands.
- v. To praise, or express approval for something or someone.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To show approval of by clapping the hands, acclamation, or other significant sign.
- transitive v. To praise by words; to express approbation of; to commend; to approve.
- intransitive v. To express approbation loudly or significantly.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To praise or show approval of by clapping the hands, acclamation, or other significant sign.
- To praise in any way, as by words or actions; commend; approve.
- Synonyms Extol, etc. (see praise, v.), cheer, cry up, magnify.
- To express approval by clapping the hands or by other similar means.
- To give praise; express approval.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. express approval of
- v. clap one's hands or shout after performances to indicate approval
Middle English applauden, from Latin applaudere : ad-, ad- + plaudere, to clap.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin applaudere ("to clap the hands together, applaud"), from ad ("to") + plaudere ("to strike, clap"). (Wiktionary)