Meaning of “applause” in the English Dictionary

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"applause" in British English

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applausenoun [ U ]

uk /əˈplɔːz/ us /əˈplɑːz/

C1 the sound of people clapping their hands repeatedly to show enjoyment or approval of something such as a performance or speech:

His speech met with (= received) loud applause.
So let's have a round of applause, please, for (= please applaud) a very talented young lady who is going to sing for us.

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  • 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 “applause” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"applause" in American English

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applausenoun [ U ]

us /əˈplɔz/

the action or sound made by a number of people clapping their hands repeatedly to show their enjoyment or approval, esp. of a performance or speech

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