praise

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verb

praised; praising

transitive verb

1
: to express a favorable judgment of : commend
2
: to glorify (a god or saint) especially by the attribution of perfections

intransitive verb

: to express praise
praiser noun

praise

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noun

1
a
: an expression of approval : commendation
b
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a
b
archaic : one that is praised

Examples of praise in a Sentence

Verb Critics praised her as both an actor and director. A good teacher praises students when they do well. We praise God for your safe arrival. People gather in churches to praise the Lord. Noun He deserves praise for the way he's handled this crisis. “Good job” is high praise coming from her. She rarely compliments anyone's work. I have nothing but praise for the hospital staff. People gathered in the church to sing praises to the Lord.
Recent Examples on the Web
Verb
Cavill then praised Gyllenhaal as not only an incredible talent but a great guy. Chris Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter, 10 Apr. 2024 Downtown Fort Worth, Inc. president Andy Taft took time to address the explosion at the Sandman Hotel by praising the response of Fort Worth’s police and firefighters, and the city’s efforts to support businesses affected by the blast. Harrison Mantas, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 9 Apr. 2024 Schumaker is well regarded around baseball and was universally praised for guiding the Marlins to an 84-78 record and a wild card berth in 2023; Miami was quickly eliminated by Philadelphia in the first round. Jordan McPherson, Miami Herald, 9 Apr. 2024 While celebrating her team’s win, South Carolina head coach Dawn Staley also praised Iowa’s Clark for her contribution to women’s basketball. Steve Almasy, CNN, 8 Apr. 2024 And despite the loss, Clark is proud of her team's effort and praised the Hawkeyes for supporting each other all season. Natasha Dye, Peoplemag, 8 Apr. 2024 Bolt added three catches for 37 yards on Saturday, and Danielson praised the duo for their ability to put pressure on the defense with deep routes. Ron Counts, Idaho Statesman, 7 Apr. 2024 His supporters praise him for strengthening ties with the United States in the face of nuclear threats from North Korea. Choe Sang-Hun, New York Times, 7 Apr. 2024 In talking with him, Altman praises many entities (the players, the Cleveland Clinic, the City of Cleveland, etc.) for their contributions to making this project a reality. Mat Issa, Forbes, 29 Mar. 2024
Noun
Credited as the first sitcom to focus on a two-parent Black family, Good Times earned praise for its depiction of a lower-income household and for tackling topics — including unemployment, evictions, crime and discrimination — that weren’t common fodder for TV comedy. Ryan Gajewski, The Hollywood Reporter, 11 Apr. 2024 In addition to my high praise, it's also garnered over 21,000 perfect ratings from shoppers, who gushed that its easy-to-apply formula never feels greasy. Alexandra Domrongchai, Travel + Leisure, 10 Apr. 2024 Downtown Boise restaurant Kin is no stranger to high praise. Michael Deeds, Idaho Statesman, 9 Apr. 2024 These displays have earned the 21-year-old senior some high praise. Issy Ronald, CNN, 8 Apr. 2024 The author published her first novel, Throne of Glass, a dark take on the Cinderella fairytale, in 2012, after versions of the book received major praise on indie fiction site FictionPress.com. Ct Jones, Rolling Stone, 6 Apr. 2024 The Renaissance singer has received praise from other country artists, including Maren Morris, June Carter Cash's daughter Carlene, and more. Angel Saunders, Peoplemag, 5 Apr. 2024 And the music and the praise and worship became the service. Sid Evans, Southern Living, 1 Apr. 2024 After earning critical praise for 1996’s Bound, which starred Jennifer Tilly and Gina Gershon as women who plot to rip off the Mafia, the filmmakers had built enough clout to lead the more ambitious The Matrix. Ryan Gajewski, The Hollywood Reporter, 30 Mar. 2024

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Word History

Etymology

Verb

Middle English preisen, from Anglo-French preiser, priser to appraise, esteem — more at prize

First Known Use

Verb

13th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of praise was in the 13th century

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Cite this Entry

“Praise.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/praise. Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

praise

verb
ˈprāz
praised; praising
1
: to express approval of : commend
2
: to glorify (a god or a saint) especially in song
praise noun
Etymology

Verb

Middle English preisen "to praise," from early French preisier, priser "to praise, prize," from Latin pretiare "to prize," from earlier pretium (noun) "price, money" — related to price

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