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verb clap pronunciation in American English /klæp/
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present tense
present participleclapping
past tenseclapped
past participleclapped
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  1. 1
    [intransitive]Sound effect to hit your hands together many times to show that you liked something or admire someone

    At the end of the speech everyone clapped.

    1. a.
      [intransitive/transitive] to hit your hands together, for example to get someone’s attention or because you are happy
  2. 2
    [transitive] to suddenly put something somewhere

    He had to clap his hands over his ears to shut out the noise.

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a title used before a man or woman's name as a gender-neutral alternative to Mr, Ms, etc

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another way of saying congratulations, or that something/someone looks nice or fascinating

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