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verb clap pronunciation in British English /klæp/
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present tense
I/you/we/theyclap
he/she/itclaps
present participleclapping
past tenseclapped
past participleclapped
  1. 1
    [intransitive] to hit your hands together many times to show that you liked something or admire someone
    At the end of the speech everyone clapped.
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    1. a.
      [intransitive/transitive] to hit your hands together, for example to get someones attention or because you are happy
      The children clapped their hands in excitement.
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  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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