Applaud Ap*plaud", v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Applauded}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Applauding}.] [L. applaudere; ad + plaudere to clash, to clap the hands: cf. F. applaudir. Cf. {Explode}.] 1. To show approval of by clapping the hands, acclamation, or other significant sign. [1913 Webster]

I would applaud thee to the very echo, That should applaud again. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

2. To praise by words; to express approbation of; to commend; to approve. [1913 Webster]

By the gods, I do applaud his courage. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

Syn: To praise; extol; commend; cry up; magnify; approve. See {Praise}. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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