praise

verb
\ ˈprāz How to pronounce praise (audio) \
praised; praising

Definition of praise

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

praise

noun

Definition of praise (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : an expression of approval : commendation
b : worship
2a : value, merit
b archaic : one that is praised

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Other Words from praise

Verb

praiser noun

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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

There are almost 500 reviews praising the owners, Rebecca and Jonathan, and their magical tiny house. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "This Tiny Home in Nashville is One of The Most Popular Airbnbs in the Country," 4 Apr. 2019 Lux wrote and printed a pamphlet praising Corday’s virtues and promptly ended up in the same spot, yelling out the names of tyrants as the blade came down. Christoph Irmscher, WSJ, "‘Georg Forster’ Review: In Search of Earthly Paradise," 22 Feb. 2019 Somewhat amazingly, Flynn wrote an op-ed for the Hill praising the Turkish government extensively. Andrew Prokop, Vox, "New tension between Flynn and Mueller as Flynn’s sentencing approaches," 14 Dec. 2018 Harry made a speech praising the fund for its work with women and schools in Uganda. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Pippa Middleton, Meghan Markle, and Their Husbands Attended a Carol Service for Harry's Late Friend," 5 Dec. 2018 Kim could not stop fangirling and praising Cher, and even recreated one of the singer's iconic outfits for the night as an homage. Isabel Greenberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kim Kardashian Laughed Off Her Red Carpet Nip Slip in the Funniest Way," 5 Dec. 2018 Of course, the court may decline to hear the full case after reviewing the merits of the challengers' lawsuit, but Martha Roberts, a senior attorney at the Environmental Defense Fund, praised the court's decision. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "Challenge to EPA’s fuel economy rollback can move ahead, court says," 24 Nov. 2018 Fans were quick to share the love on the final look, praising North on a great makeup tutorial video. Gianluca Russo, Teen Vogue, "North West Does Kim Kardashian's Makeup on Social Media," 24 Nov. 2018 Trump reformed the National Space Council, toyed with the idea of the Space Force as a new branch of the military, and praised human spaceflight as an arena where the United States could regain its pride and #win again. Andrew Moseman, Popular Mechanics, "Not Going Back to the Moon: A Brief Timeline," 27 Mar. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The new look is getting lots of praise from both fans and fellow celebrities. Marci Robin, Allure, "Julia Roberts Just Cut Her Signature Hair Into a Wavy Lob — Her Shortest Look in Years," 16 Mar. 2019 Rakitic and Dalic, full of praise for Messi and Argentina, also said that Croatia will be lifted by playing against them. Gerald Imray, chicagotribune.com, "Croatia boss Dalic: Argentina matchup 'the easiest game for us'," 20 June 2018 Then there are the several thousand (and counting) #pillowtalklipstick posts singing the shade's praises on Instagram. Glamour, "I’m Wearing Only Charlotte Tilbury’s Pillow Talk Lipstick From Now On," 12 Mar. 2019 Although that's high praise coming from the Maroon 5 frontman, Blake stepped in to butter him up even more. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "The Voice's John Legend Was Not Happy When Jej Vinson Picked Kelly Clarkson as His Coach," 5 Mar. 2019 My friends, like the friends in these movies, remind me that my hot mess-ness makes me human, not less worthy of love and praise. Veronica Chambers, Marie Claire, "My favorite Black rom-coms are a reminder that falling in love isn’t a solitary affair.," 13 Feb. 2019 Pecker also received public praise from Trump that may have helped him professionally and financially. Alex Finley - Center For Public Integrity, Vox, "Trump got the National Enquirer to bury his secrets. Did he do the same with Putin?," 21 Dec. 2018 And with the holiday moviegoing season upon us — not to mention the movie’s critical praise, good word of mouth, and Golden Globe nomination for Best Animated Feature — there’s room for Spider-Verse to cash in even more. Alex Abad-santos, Vox, "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse won the box office with a $35 million opening weekend," 17 Dec. 2018 The praise was tempered by one powerful critique that cut through the hype. Alissa Walker, Curbed, "The good, the bad, and the ugly of self-driving cars in 2018," 27 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of praise

Verb

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

Noun

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

History and Etymology for praise

Verb

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

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More Definitions for praise

praise

verb

English Language Learners Definition of praise

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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)

praise

noun

English Language Learners Definition of praise (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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

praise

verb
\ ˈprāz How to pronounce praise (audio) \
praised; praising

Kids Definition of praise

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to express approval of Dad praised my good grades.
2 : to glorify (God or a saint)

praise

noun

Kids Definition of praise (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : an expression of approval
2 : worship entry 1 sense 1 hymns of praise

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