praise

verb
\ ˈprāz \
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

Synonyms & Antonyms for praise

Synonyms: Verb

acclaim, accredit, applaud, cheer, crack up, hail, laud, salute, tout

Antonyms: Verb

knock, pan, slam

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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

Mattis praised Germany's plan to increase defense spending to 1.5 percent of GDP by 2025, a mark still well below the alliance's 2 percent goal. Missy Ryan, Greg Jaffe, Anchorage Daily News, "At summit, Mattis faces uphill battle," 10 July 2018 Before the 2016 explosion, Mexican authorities repeatedly praised the market as one of the safest fireworks bazaars in the world. Kate Linthicum, latimes.com, "At least 22 killed in fireworks explosions in a Mexican town with a history of deadly blasts," 5 July 2018 Trump added to Kim’s win by nixing the joint U.S.–South Korea military drills that Pyongyang loathes, and by praising Kim effusively. Charlie Campbell/singapore, Time, "Kim Jong Un Is Showing the World Just How Much Power He Has," 14 June 2018 Others praised the tax as a step toward building badly needed affordable housing. Phuong Le, The Christian Science Monitor, "Amazon strikes back at Seattle business tax aimed to combat homelessness," 12 June 2018 As for the Pads’ recent draft, two scouts surveyed praised Xavier Edwards, a shortstop. Tom Krasovic, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Revisiting a Padres' draft-and-farm hype train," 11 June 2018 Council members have publicly praised Gramke as the man for the job. Kate Murphy, Cincinnati.com, "Cincinnati's 911 boss out; communications center moves from police to civilian control," 5 June 2018 Francis Lam resurfaces his 2015 New York Times Magazine feature on Lewis, praising her duality as a writer. Sarah Fritsche, San Francisco Chronicle, "Edna Lewis: Lasting impact of a culinary legend," 1 June 2018 The main speaker at the dedication, Dr. Hugh L.Dryden, director of the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics, praised General Dynamics for building the Astronautics plant. sandiegouniontribune.com, "July 13, 1958: Thousands tour new Convair plant on Kearny Mesa," 13 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Marinelli is the latest to sing the praises of former Seattle defensive coordinator Kris Richard, the architect of Seattle's famed Legion of Boom secondary, who is now the Cowboys secondary coach/defensive passing game coordinator. Clarence E. Hill Jr., star-telegram, "Cowboys' best off-season acquisition? Here's a vote for secondary coach Kris Richard | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 12 May 2018 Urban’s credit on Daniels’ 1999 album arguably manifests Daniels’ high praise even more. 7. Fox News, "Keith Urban facts: 7 things you didn't know about the country music icon," 13 July 2018 BBC News political editor Laura Kuenssberg got the first question and wasted no time calling out the disconnect between The Sun interview and Trump's praise of May in advance of taking questions from reporters. Claire Atkinson, NBC News, "About-face at Chequers," 13 July 2018 The praise Southgate received this tournament is a stark contrast to the way previous managers have been treated by the press. SI.com, "How Social Media Helped Create a Positive Atmosphere for England to Thrive in During World Cup Run," 12 July 2018 My Year of Rest and Relaxation, Ottessa Moshfegh pulls off an unlikely premise, demonstrating once again the unsettling energy, daring plotting and biting observations that have earned her literary prizes and praise from the start of her career. Clare Mchugh, Time, "Why Ottessa Moshfegh Is One of the Best Novelists of the Summer," 12 July 2018 There was particular praise for lead actor Freddie Highmore's thoughtful portrayal of Shaun Murphy, the savant surgical resident with autism. Temi Adebowale, Country Living, "How Freddie Highmore Went From Child Actor to Star of 'The Good Doctor'," 11 July 2018 That’s high praise, but with Maxey already in the fold and multiple current UK guards possibly returning for the 2019-20 competition for the remaining guard spots in the class will be fierce. Jon Hale, The Courier-Journal, "5 recruits who might earn a Kentucky basketball offer in July," 11 July 2018 The Navajo Code Talkers returned from World War II without praise or parades to welcome them home. Shondiin Silversmith, azcentral, "Navajo Code Talkers created an unbreakable code. It helped win World War II," 11 July 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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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 \
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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