applaud-v; 2 Senses

Sense Number 1: clap hands together

Commentary: NP1[agent] APPLAUD (NP2[theme])
NOTE: compare to sense 2; this sense may be viewed as a subset, as clapping hands in one means of expressing approval; only literal, physical events of applause should be tagged with this sense

Cheney was booed and Sheen was applauded. (passive)
Some of the crowd applauded before catcalls and boos could be heard.
She ended the day on a high note, as Simon and Paula both applauded her performance.
The candidate the audience was applauding enthusiastically went to the podium.

VerbNet: NM
FrameNet: NM
PropBank: applaud.01
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1

Sense Number 2: praise, express approval of

Commentary: NP1[agent] APPLAUD NP2[patient]

Vietnam's commitment to bird flu fight has been applauded.
Analysts have applauded Hurd's performance since he took NCR's helm two years ago.
He applauds the efficiency and organization of the heirarchy.

VerbNet: admire-31.2,judgement-33.1-1
FrameNet: Judgment
PropBank: applaud.01
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 2