- 1Show approval or praise by clapping: the crowd whistled and applauded [with object]: his speech was loudly applaudedMore example sentences
- We got stiffly to our feet and clapped the encores, applauded and cheered the memory of what we once believed and wanted to be.
- I began clapping to the music, and they started clapping and applauding.
- Suddenly a loud clap came from one of the men, followed by another, and then another until his whole command was clapping and applauding.
- 1.1 [with object] Show strong approval of (a person or action); praise: Jill applauded the decisionMore example sentences
- You are applauded for your professional prowess and dexterity in a business venture.
- It's the one job in the world that you can roll up to stoned out of your mind and you're actually applauded for it.
- It was a display of pointless truculence and ignorance and he was applauded for it.
late 15th century: from Latin applaudere, from ad- 'to' + plaudere 'to clap', reinforced by French applaudir.