v. ap·plaud·ed, ap·plaud·ing, ap·plauds
To express approval, especially by clapping the hands.
1. To express approval of (someone or something) especially by such clapping.
2. To commend highly; praise: applauded her decision to finish college.
[Middle English applauden, from Latin applaudere : ad-, ad- + plaudere, to clap.]
Synonyms: applaud, cheer, root3
These verbs mean to express approval or encouragement audibly: applauded at the end of the concert; cheered when the home team scored; rooted noisily from the bleachers.
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