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"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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clap verb (PUT QUICKLY)

[T + adv/prep] to put a ​person or thing ​somewherequickly or ​suddenly: She clapped her ​hand over her ​mouth to ​try to ​stop herself from ​laughing. The ​police clapped him into/inprison for ​possession of ​drugs.

clap verb (HIT)

[T + adv/prep] to ​hit someone ​lightly on the ​shoulder or back in a ​friendly way, ​especially to ​expresspleasure at what they have done: He clapped his ​daughter on the back and told her how ​proud of her he was.

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.

clap noun (HIT)

[C] the ​act of ​hitting someone ​lightly on the ​shoulder or back in a ​friendly way, ​especially to ​expresspleasure at what they have done: He gave me a ​friendly clap on the ​shoulder and said, "Well done!"

clap noun (DISEASE)

the clap [S] slang for gonorrhoea : a ​nastydose of the clap
(Definition of clap from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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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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