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"applaud" in British English

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applaudverb

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 ​handsrepeatedly 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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(Definition of applaud from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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applaudverb

 us   /əˈplɔd/
  • applaud verb (CLAP)

[I/T] to show ​yourenjoyment or ​approval of something such as a ​performance by ​clappingyourhandsrepeatedly
  • applaud verb (PRAISE)

[T] to say that you ​admire and ​agree with a person’s ​action or ​decision: We applaud the family’s ​decision to ​protecttheirprivacy.
(Definition of applaud from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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