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Meaning of “clap” in the English Dictionary

"clap" in British English

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clapverb

uk   us   /klæp/ (-pp-)
  • clap verb (MAKE NOISE)

B1 [I or T] to make a ​shortloudnoise by ​hittingyourhands together: "When I clap my ​hands, you ​stand still," said the ​teacher. The ​bandplayed a ​familiartune which had everyone clapping along. The ​audience clapped in ​time to the ​music.B1 [I or T] to clap ​yourhandsrepeatedly to show that you like or ​admire someone or have ​enjoyed a ​performance: The ​audience clapped and ​cheered when she ​stood up to ​speak. We all clapped his ​performanceenthusiastically.

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clapnoun

uk   us   /klæp/
  • clap noun (NOISE)

[S] the ​act of clapping ​yourhandscontinuously to show that you like or ​admire someone or something: Let's give abig clap to/forourwinningcontestant!C2 [C] a ​suddenloudnoise made by ​thunder: There was a clap ofthunder and then it ​started to ​pour with ​rain.
(Definition of clap from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"clap" in American English

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clapverb

 us   /klæp/ (-pp-)
  • clap verb (PUT HANDS TOGETHER)

[I/T] to make a ​short, ​loudnoise by ​hittingyourhands together: [T] She clapped her ​hands to ​call the ​dog in. [I/T] People will clap at the end of a ​speech or a ​performance to show that they are ​pleased: [I] Everyone was clapping and ​cheering.
  • clap verb (HIT LIGHTLY)

[T always + adv/prep] to ​hit someone ​lightly on the ​shoulder or back in a ​friendly way to ​expresspleasure: The ​governor clapped him on the back and ​congratulated him.

clapnoun [C]

 us   /klæp/
  • clap noun [C] (PUTTING HANDS TOGETHER)

the ​act of ​hittingyourhands together to make a ​short, ​loudnoise, esp. at the end of a ​speech or ​performance to show that you are ​pleased: There were a few claps, and then ​embarrassingsilence. A clap of ​thunder is the ​sudden, ​loudnoise of ​thunder.
(Definition of clap from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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