verb \ˈprāz\

: to say or write good things about (someone or something) : to express approval of (someone or something)

: to express thanks to or love and respect for (God)


Full Definition of PRAISE

transitive verb
:  to express a favorable judgment of :  commend
:  to glorify (a god or saint) especially by the attribution of perfections
intransitive verb
:  to express praise
prais·er noun

Examples of PRAISE

  1. Critics praised her as both an actor and director.
  2. A good teacher praises students when they do well.
  3. We praise God for your safe arrival.
  4. People gather in churches to praise the Lord.

Origin of PRAISE

Middle English preisen, from Anglo-French preiser, priser to appraise, esteem — more at prize
First Known Use: 13th century



: spoken or written words about the good qualities of someone or something : an expression of approval for someone or something

: an expression of thanks to or love and respect for God

Full Definition of PRAISE

a :  an expression of approval :  commendation
b :  worship
a :  value, merit
b archaic :  one that is praised

Examples of PRAISE

  1. He deserves praise for the way he's handled this crisis.
  2. Good job is high praise coming from her. She rarely compliments anyone's work.
  3. I have nothing but praise for the hospital staff.
  4. People gathered in the church to sing praises to the Lord.

First Known Use of PRAISE

14th century


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