The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
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 significant sign.
I would applaud thee to the very echo,
That should applaud again. --Shak.
2. To praise by words; to express approbation of; to commend;
By the gods, I do applaud his courage. --Shak.
Syn: To praise; extol; commend; cry up; magnify; approve. See