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clapverb

 us   /klæp/ (-pp-)

clap verb (PUT HANDS TOGETHER)

[I/T] to make a short, loud noise by hitting your hands 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 express pleasure: The governor clapped him on the back and congratulated him.

clapnoun [C]

 us   /klæp/

clap noun [C] (PUTTING HANDS TOGETHER)

the act of hitting your hands together to make a short, loud noise, esp. at the end of a speech or performance to show that you are pleased: There were a few claps, and then embarrassing silence. A clap of thunder is the sudden, loud noise of thunder.
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