applaud


applaud
applaud 1 Applaud, cheer, root mean to demonstrate one’s feeling, especially one’s approbation or joy, audibly and enthusiastically.
Applaud specifically and usually implies hand clapping
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it is not the custom to applaud preachers

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the audiences at grand opera are asked to applaud only at the end of an act or scene

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each graduate was applauded as he came up to receive his diploma

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Cheer suggests shouting, usually of meaningless words (as rah-rah-rah or hip-hip-hooray) or of a set form of words adopted by a school, college, or organization as its own; in one use it implies organized rather than spontaneous effort and includes singing as well as shouting. Cheer differs from applaud also in its purpose, which is chiefly that of encouraging individuals or a team taking part in a competition or contest; often, however, it suggests jubilation aroused by a successful play or a brilliant feat.
Root may imply cheering or applauding, but it stresses encouragement as the motive. Consequently it implies strong partisanship and vocal public championship of what one favors
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root for a candidate

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root for the home team

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Analogous words: acclaim, extol (see PRAISE)
Antonyms: hiss: boo
Contrasted words: deride, taunt, *ridicule, mock
2 *commend, compliment, recommend
Analogous words: *praise, eulogize, laud: *approve, endorse, sanction
Antonyms: disparage: criticize
Contrasted words: *decry, depreciate, belittle: censure, reprobate (see CRITICIZE): *disapprove, deprecate

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  • Applaud — Ap*plaud , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Applauded}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Applauding}.] [L. applaudere; ad + plaudere to clash, to clap the hands: cf. F. applaudir. Cf. {Explode}.] 1. To show approval of by clapping the hands, acclamation, or other… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Applaud — Ap*plaud , v. i. To express approbation loudly or significantly. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • applaud — index honor, recommend Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • applaud — (v.) late 15c. (implied in applauding), to express agreement or approval; to praise, from L. applaudere to clap the hands in approbation, to approve by clapping hands; to strike upon, beat, from ad to (see AD (Cf. ad )) + plaudere to clap (see… …   Etymology dictionary

  • applaud — [v] clap for; express approval acclaim, approve, boost, cheer, commend, compliment, encourage, eulogize, extol, give a hand*, give ovation, glorify, hail, hear it for*, kudize*, laud, magnify, plug, praise, rave, recommend, root*; concepts… …   New thesaurus

  • applaud — ► VERB 1) show approval by clapping. 2) express approval of: the world applauded his courage. ORIGIN Latin applaudere, from plaudere to clap …   English terms dictionary

  • applaud — [ə plôd′] vt., vi. [L applaudere < ad , to + plaudere, to clap hands, strike] 1. to show approval or enjoyment (of) by clapping the hands or by cheering, stamping the feet, etc. 2. to praise; approve; commend applauder n. applaudingly adv …   English World dictionary

  • applaud — applauder, n. applaudingly, adv. /euh plawd /, 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. 3. to clap… …   Universalium

  • applaud — 01. The audience [applauded] wildly when the band appeared on stage. 02. The great composer Beethoven was deaf in his later years, and couldn t hear the [applause] of his audiences. 03. I think Frederick should be [applauded] for his courage in… …   Grammatical examples in English

  • applaud — ap|plaud [əˈplo:d US əˈplo:d] v [Date: 1400 1500; : Latin; Origin: applaudere, from ad to + plaudere to applaud ] 1.) [I and T] to hit your open hands together to show that you have enjoyed a play, concert, speaker etc = ↑clap ▪ The audience… …   Dictionary of contemporary English


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