Meaning of “applaud” in the English Dictionary

"applaud" in British English

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applaudverb

uk /əˈplɔːd/ us /əˈplɑːd/

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.

More examples

  • So let's hear some applause for these talented young performers.
  • She made her exit from the stage to rapturous applause.
  • It was several minutes before the applause died down.
  • There was polite, muted applause when I finished speaking.
  • The concert hall resounded with cheers and applause.

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

"applaud" in American English

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applaudverb

us /əˈplɔd/

applaud verb (CLAP)

[ I/T ] to show your enjoyment or approval of something such as a performance by clapping your hands repeatedly

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 protect their privacy.

(Definition of “applaud” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)