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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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I am not sure whether things would get better or worse but the development work being carried out is an applaudable thing,' said Sajid Hussain, resident of a building situated on the road.
Upon a tour of the property with the gentleman, everything from a Christmas tree that was made from the discarded cushiony base of floral arrangements and old bed sheets to the old and damaged towels that were laundered, cut and embroidered to be reused in washrooms and old staff uniforms that were disposed of in the green donation bins - their initiatives directed towards sustainability were applaudable.
As for the other three leaders,Hamza Asif,Ammad Nadim and Raza Khan ,their driving ability are accuracy loaded and driving distance applaudable,but temperament wise Hussain Hamid has an edge though it is going to be partially neutralized by the handicap advantage that Hamza,Ammad and Raza enjoy over the skillful Hussain Hamid.
The official position of the Republic of South Africa, which affirmed its solidarity with the Palestinian people, its just cause and its struggle for independence, and sharply criticized the Israeli attempts to win Africa at the expense of principles and to undermine the Palestinian cause is applaudable .
After an applaudable stint just shy of a decade, Chrissy Teigen's online trolling of Donald Trump has finally seen her blocked by the US President on Twitter, after she had a LOL when he whined about backstabbing in his party.
Be in amateur level or Intentional, producing this sort of result day in and day out is truly applaudable.
Algoworks' applaudable list of partnerships in their name has earned praises and acclamation in their respective field.
He said spirit of the Turkish people is applaudable as they came to streets on the call of their leader and gave sacrifice of their lives to save democracy.
The transitions from a violent shrew to an obedient mate are clear and applaudable.
The ergonomics and quality of the interior materials and design are applaudable.
For a while things seemed on an even keel and I've no doubt this was due to various police initiatives and also the work of the mothers of Letisha and Charlene, who I know have been passionate in their fight against both gun and knife crime and have done much applaudable work with schools and community groups.
The fact he is looking for new ideas like this and trying to find ways of funding them is applaudable.