Applaud /əˈplɑd/  verb

  • 1  to strike the hands together over and over to show approval or praise

    [no object]

    • The audience stood and applauded [=clapped] at the end of the show.

    [+ object]

    • Everyone applauded the graduates as they entered the auditorium.
    • The audience stood and applauded her performance.

    2 [+ object] : to express approval of or support for (something or someone)

    • They applauded [=praised] the change in policy.
    • We applaud the decision to lower taxes.
    • applaud their efforts to clean up the city, but they must do more.