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English definition of “applaud”

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.

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.
(Definition of applaud from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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