- The definition of applaud is to show approval or praise, usually with hand clapping.
Giving a standing ovation for a performer is an example of to applaud.
A group applauding a speaker.
- to show approval or enjoyment (of) by clapping the hands or by cheering, stamping the feet, etc.
- to praise; approve; commend
Origin of applaudClassical Latin applaudere ; from ad-, to + plaudere, to clap hands, strike
verbap·plaud·ed, ap·plaud·ing, ap·plauds
- To express approval of (someone or something) especially by such clapping.
- To commend highly; praise: applauded her decision to finish college.
Origin of applaudMiddle English applauden, from Latin applaudere : ad-, ad- + plaudere, to clap.
(third-person singular simple present applauds, present participle applauding, simple past and past participle applauded)