ADJ. deafening, loud, thunderous, tumultuous | enthusiastic, rapturous, warm, wild | prolonged, sustained | spontaneous a little burst of spontaneous applause | gentle, muted, polite To muted applause a small flag was raised over the building.
QUANT. burst, ripple, roar, round The crowd gave them a round of applause.
VERB + APPLAUSE be greeted with, draw, earn, get, receive, win The speech drew loud applause. | break into, burst into The audience broke into applause. | acknowledge She stood back and acknowledged the applause of the crowd. | deserve He deserves the respect and applause of his colleagues.
APPLAUSE + VERB break out, greet sb/sth A great roar of applause broke out. Wild applause greeted this remark. | grow | die away/down, subside The applause died down as the curtain closed.
PREP. to ~ He left the stage to thunderous applause. | ~ for There was a ripple of applause for the speaker.