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v. ap·plaud·ed, ap·plaud·ing, ap·plauds
To express approval, especially by clapping the hands.
1. To express approval of (someone or something) especially by such clapping.
2. To commend highly; praise: applauded her decision to finish college.

[Middle English applauden, from Latin applaudere : ad-, ad- + plaudere, to clap.]

ap·plaud′a·ble adj.
ap·plaud′a·bly adv.
ap·plaud′er n.
Synonyms: applaud, cheer, root3
These verbs mean to express approval or encouragement audibly: applauded at the end of the concert; cheered when the home team scored; rooted noisily from the bleachers.


worthy of being applauded
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.applaudable - worthy of high praiseapplaudable - worthy of high praise; "applaudable efforts to save the environment"; "a commendable sense of purpose"; "laudable motives of improving housing conditions"; "a significant and praiseworthy increase in computer intelligence"
worthy - having worth or merit or value; being honorable or admirable; "a worthy fellow"; "a worthy cause"


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