• WordNet 3.6
    • v applaud express approval of "I applaud your efforts"
    • v applaud clap one's hands or shout after performances to indicate approval
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. i Applaud To express approbation loudly or significantly.
    • Applaud To praise by words; to express approbation of; to commend; to approve. "By the gods, I do applaud his courage."
    • Applaud To show approval of by clapping the hands, acclamation, or other significant sign. "I would applaud thee to the very echo,
      That should applaud again."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • applaud To praise or show approval of by clapping the hands, acclamation, or other significant sign.
    • applaud To praise in any way, as by words or actions; commend; approve.
    • applaud Synonyms Extol, etc. (see praise, v.), cheer, cry up, magnify.
    • applaud To express approval by clapping the hands or by other similar means.
    • applaud To give praise; express approval.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Applaud ap-plawd′ to praise by clapping the hands: to praise loudly: to express loudly approval of anything: to extol
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  • Hitopadesa
    “Is anyone simply by birth to be applauded or punished?”
  • Charles Caleb Colton
    “When millions applaud you seriously ask yourself what harm you have done; and when they disapprove you, what good.”
  • Victor Hugo
    “I'd rather be hissed at for a good verse, than applauded for a bad one.”
  • Ludwig Van Beethoven
    Ludwig Van Beethoven
    “Friends applaud, the comedy is over.”
  • Aesop
    “Men often applaud an imitation and hiss the real thing.”
  • Edmund Burke
    “Applaud us when we run, Console us when we fall, Cheer us when we recover.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. applaudere,; ad, + plaudere, to clash, to clap the hands: cf. F. applaudir,. Cf. Explode
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. applaud-ĕread, to, plaudĕre, plausum, to clap. See Explode.


In literature:

Clergymen applaud the opening of the school buildings on Sunday for concerts, lectures, and neighborhood meetings.
"The Battle with the Slum" by Jacob A. Riis
He is greeted with applauding cheers.
"A Padre in France" by George A. Birmingham
Lagardere's glance applauded his enthusiasm.
"The Duke's Motto" by Justin Huntly McCarthy
Joe was applauded louder than ever when he did his acts.
"Joe Strong on the Trapeze" by Vance Barnum
You should not have been surprised to find politeness, as well as righteousness, advocated or applauded here.
"Imaginary Interviews" by W. D. Howells
Fools wondered and applauded.
"Diary from March 4, 1861, to November 12, 1862" by Adam Gurowski
When they ceased, every one applauded; then they all became very still.
"Cuore (Heart)" by Edmondo De Amicis
I wanted to applaud too, but I looked at Eugen.
"The First Violin" by Jessie Fothergill
It was clever and lively, full of striking effects, and was most warmly applauded.
"Great Men and Famous Women, Vol. 8 (of 8)" by Various
They were applauding now, or was it but the mocking echo of the past?
"The Strollers" by Frederic S. Isham

In poetry:

The records of this hero's life
All Europe does applaud:
They form the conversation
Of many an earl and lord.
"Death of Ben Hall" by Anonymous Oceania
Let ev'ry one, that hears my voice,
And understands my words, rejoice;
Let ev'ry one applaud with me
The undivided Trinity.
"A Hymn, Or Carol, For Christmas-Day" by Rees Prichard
Of their mattress-life oblivious,
All the patients, brisk and cheerful,
Are encouraging the dancer,
And applauding the musician.
"Interlude" by William Ernest Henley
"There was a time when tout might see
My grande flights dans the saddle;
Crowned rois, indeed, applauded me
Le Pegasus astraddle.
"New England Magazine" by Ellis Parker Butler
So are we all; our triumphs won
Are mean by what we might have done.
Our victories that men applaud
Are sordid in the sight of God.
"Failure" by Robert W Service
As 'tis, like David, to arise
When midnight darkens all the skies,
And without ceasing to applaud
For his kind aid, the Lord our God:
"A Midnight Meditation" by Rees Prichard

In news:

Why can't we all applaud both Alan and Paddy.
Manufacturers Applaud Apple's US Manufacturing Plans.
Obama calls Rice "extraordinary," Cabinet members applaud .
Climate scientists applaud dire World Bank report.
Carl DeMaio, an openly gay councilmember, also applauded Tuesday's ruling.
State Sen Paul Bussman and Reps Mac Buttram and Jeremy Oden, all Cullman County Republicans, applauded the governor's announcement.
Donald Buraglio & Mike Dove: We applaud drug testing by Big Sur marathon.
Traders applaud members of the US Armed Forces as they arrive on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, before ringing the opening bell on Veteran's Day.
Former residents applaud Beach Library worker.
I do not always agree with the DEC This time, however, instead of scolding, these outraged people should be applauding the compassion of these men.
Wall Street applauded FedEx's plan Wednesday.
Hollywood actors, musicians, students applaud LAUSD's vote to add arts ed to school curriculum.
Nets coach Avery Johnson, along with star guards Deron Williams and Joe Johnson, all applauded the move Thursday, saying that it was something that needed to be done.
I applaud this woman and her message.
Mike and Bibi meet, applaud Obama's tough talk at UN.

In science:

And s/he deserves it, probably without doing anything at all except for applauding.
Complementary cooperation, minimal winning coalitions, and power indices
Would that all science could enthuse the public as well! And, just for the record, the BOINC site applauds one volunteer, Vince Berk, who is contributing “74 billion [US 109 ] floating-point operations per second.” Bravo.
Astrophysics in 2006
Finally, the editors are to be applauded for assembling together for the first time English translations of several of the key contributions by Einstein’s contemporaries to the development of general relativity.
Book Review: The Genesis of General Relativity
Charniak is trying to appeal to the widest possible audience in his book, and he is to be applauded for his effort.
Review of Charniak's "Statistical Language Learning"
Mueller applauds Wiedemann to have presented (at this conference) “a highly consistent picture (as) emerging from these measurements.
Collective flow and QCD phase transition