Pronunciation: (u-plôd'),[key] —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. 1. to clap the hands so as to show approval, appreciation, etc., of: to applaud an actor; to applaud a speech. 2. to praise or express approval of: to applaud a person's ambition.