Definitions

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

  • intransitive v. To express approbation loudly or significantly.
  • 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.

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

Etymologies

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)

Examples

  • What I think we can all applaud is the choice to put classical musicians in the spotlight.

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  • What I do not applaud is the Olympic committee (both internationally andVANOC) which makes their rules over those jurisdictions civic, provincial and federal.

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  • I again applaud you on your efforts to keep track of individuals who mis-represent their service for our great country, and who also as Mckay did, lie about medals earned.

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  • So in many ways you would think that my book would be the kind of book that he would applaud, which is, "Oh, the real story, the real truth."

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  • So she watched with amusement recently as a judge on "So You Think You Can Dance" used the expression to applaud a hip-hop performance.

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  • Prager's courage also reflects another value we should applaud, which is compassion. bloodthirsty calls for Bernie Madoff's head, the utter lack of compassion, the refusal to reflect on whether our wealth-obsessed culture has any responsibility to bear in this affair,

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  • Here's a bit from "A Proposal Under Difficulties", featuring Barlow and Yardsley, two competitors for the affections of Dorothy, where Bangs comes awfully close to inventing emoticons, or at least the 'applaud' sign for television audiences.

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  • From these pages, is also possible to interact with the owners: you can "applaud" completed goals, subscribe to the page you will be advised every time a new entry is posted or message him.

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  • He goes over there, he's given his ideas, I kind of applaud that, I think that's real good, he looks knowledgeable in stuff and people say, hey, this guy knows what he's talking about.

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  • One response sought to "applaud" the Tamaqua plan for students and said it should be extended to the adults.

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