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applaud

verb uk   /əˈplɔːd/  us   /-ˈplɑːd/

applaud verb (CLAP)

C1 [I or T] to show enjoyment or approval of something such as a performance or speech by clapping the hands repeatedly to make a noise: You should have heard the audience applaud - the noise was fantastic. She was applauded for a full five minutes after her speech.
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applaud verb (PRAISE)

C2 [T] formal to say that you admire and agree with a person's action or decision: We applaud the family's decision to remain silent over the issue.
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