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    After two hours of pomp and circumstance, the diplomas were awarded and the audience went wild.

    Please explain the highlighed one in this context.

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    Re: wild

    Applause much more energetic than ordinary, including whistling, cheering, stamping of feet, jumping out of seats, etc. (Not "Lord of the Flies" wild!)

    Also used as an adverb: "The crowd applauded wildly." Other common combinations are "wildly popular" or "wildly optimistic," again, meaning much more than might be reasonably expected.

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