WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
ap•plaud /əˈplɔd/USA pronunciation   v. 
  1. to clap the hands together in approval or appreciation (of): [no object]The audience applauded wildly.[~ + object]They applauded her performance.
  2. [~ + object] to express approval of;
    praise: We applauded their decision.
See -plaud-.
WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
ap•plaud  (ə plôd),USA pronunciation v.i. 
  1. to clap the hands as an expression of approval, appreciation, acclamation, etc.:They applauded wildly at the end of the opera.
  2. to express approval;
    give praise;

  1. to clap the hands so as to show approval, appreciation, etc., of:to applaud an actor; to applaud a speech.
  2. to praise or express approval of:to applaud a person's ambition.
ap•plauder, n. 
ap•plauding•ly, adv. 
  • Latin applaudere, equivalent. to ap- ap-1 + plaudere to clap the hands
  • 1530–40

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

applaud /əˈplɔːd/ vb
  1. to indicate approval of (a person, performance, etc) by clapping the hands
  2. (usually tr) to offer or express approval or praise of (an action, person, or thing): I applaud your decision
Etymology: 15th Century: from Latin applaudere to clap, from plaudere to beat, applaud

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