Verb > Applaud

Verb – Applaud

1 : to strike the hands together over and over to show approval or praise

(no object)

The audience stood and applauded (=clapped) at the end of the show.

(+ object)

Everyone applauded the graduates as they entered the auditorium.

The audience stood and applauded her performance.

2 : (+ object) to express approval of or support for (something or someone)

They applauded (=praised) the change in policy.

We applaud the decision to lower taxes.

I applaud their efforts to clean up the city, but they must do more.