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Meaning of applaud

ap•plaud

Pronunciation: (u-plôd'), [key]
— v.i.
  1. to clap the hands as an expression of approval, appreciation, acclamation, etc.: They applauded wildly at the end of the opera.
  2. to express approval; give praise; acclaim.
—v.t.
  1. to clap the hands so as to show approval, appreciation, etc., of: to applaud an actor; to applaud a speech.
  2. to praise or express approval of: to applaud a person's ambition.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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