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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. [1913 Webster] I would applaud thee to the very echo, That should applaud again. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. To praise by words; to express approbation of; to commend; to approve. [1913 Webster] By the gods, I do applaud his courage. --Shak. [1913 Webster] Syn: To praise; extol; commend; cry up; magnify; approve. See Praise. [1913 Webster]