V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary


verb, noun

Definition: (v.) 1. to praise somebody with great enthusiasm; 2. to loudly demonstrate approval (as by clapping or shouting); 3. to publicly and enthusiastically declare that somebody holds a high position; (n.) loud, often public, approval, such as enthusiastic applause

Synonyms: (v.) applaud, celebrate, cheer, praise, commend, (n.) applause, praise, accolade

Antonyms: (v.) disparage, criticize, censure, denounce

Tips: Acclaim is derived from the Latin acclamare, "to shout to." Acclaim gives the sense of enthusiastically proclaiming something. Acclaim can be a verb, meaning "to praise publicly or enthusiastically," or it can be a noun referring to the praise itself. The adjective acclaimed is used to described someone or something that is highly celebrated.

Usage Examples:

The author's first novel received so much critical acclaim, he was afraid he would never be able to top it. (praise) noun

The acclaimed actor's final role was the best performance of his career. (celebrated, commended) adjective

The band's newest album was highly acclaimed by the critics. (applauded, praised) verb

The show's closing performance met with wild acclaim from the audience. (applause, cheer) noun

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