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

My parents praised me for writing stories, poems, and plays and pushed me to recite and perform them for company. Paula Marantz Cohen, WSJ, "The Divine Artistic Hand in My Late Mother’s Beauty," 10 May 2019 Some criticized the show for an unrealistic portrayal, while some praised it for being true to life. Kristin Toussaint, Teen Vogue, "Why Miscarriages Should Be in All Sex Ed Lesson Plans," 18 Apr. 2019 Others echoed the sentiment, praising her for the subtle jab. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "Did Miranda Lambert Take a Dig at Blake Shelton During Her ACM Awards Performance?," 8 Apr. 2019 Celebrated playwright Suzan-Lori Parks wrote the screenplay, with A24 distributing, and critics have praised the main performance of Ashton Sanders, who played Chiron in Moonlight. Vogue, "9 Things to Watch in April on Netflix, HBO and More," 29 Mar. 2019 Early reviews have knocked the film for being dry and corny, but critics have praised Malek’s performance as well as Bohemian Rhapsody’s re-creation of some classic Queen gigs. Noel Murray, The Verge, "For the real Bohemian Rhapsody, stream the best recorded Queen concert this weekend," 2 Nov. 2018 Recently, Harry has praised both his father and stepmother Camilla. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Claims that Prince Charles Is Not Close with His Sons Prince William and Prince Harry Called "Complete Fiction" by Clarence House," 5 Sep. 2018 Conservative groups, meanwhile, have praised Kavanaugh. Travis Andersen, BostonGlobe.com, "Kavanaugh will be ‘a disaster for the country’ if confirmed to the Supreme Court, says Harvard Law prof," 11 July 2018 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Fun fact: Efron is apparently a master at showering people with praise but hates receiving it in return. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Lily Collins and Zac Efron Took a Friendship Test, and I'm Emotional," 9 May 2019 And at ceremonial events, Pence would lavish Buttigieg with praise. Brian Slodysko, The Seattle Times, "Buttigieg, once cordial to Pence, now critical amid campaign," 13 Apr. 2019 Those elements, combined with an awe-inspiring roster of dark-skinned black models, included a closing look worn by Naomi Campbell, which evoked tears from the audience and was met with industry-wide praise. Scarlett Newman, Teen Vogue, "Valentino’s Pierpaolo Piccioli on the Importance of Having a Voice in Fashion," 2 Apr. 2019 Candace’s relatability and honesty made her debut book a New York Times best seller, earning praises from thousands. Selena Barrientos, Good Housekeeping, "Candace Cameron Bure's Net Worth Proves There's Nothing the 'Fuller House' Star Can't Do," 19 Mar. 2019 The play has earned high praise and intense criticism from various feminist thinkers. Chad Sokol, The Seattle Times, "Gonzaga University to host ‘The Vagina Monologues,’ a play once banned on campus," 10 Feb. 2019 As ranking member of the committee when Democrats were in the minority, Mr. Schiff earned wide praise from fellow Democrats for his handling of the politically sensitive investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. WSJ, "New House Committee Chiefs Take Their Chairs," 4 Jan. 2019 The line — which officially debuted in select Ulta stores this year — received renewed attention in 2018, earning viral praise for its decision to number the darker shades of its foundation coloring first. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Shade Inclusivity, Photoshop Bans, and Other Major Beauty Industry Wins in 2018," 27 Dec. 2018 By contrast, California Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., earned near-universal praise from progressives for taking an aggressive approach when questioning Kavanaugh. Lukas Mikelionis, Fox News, "Kavanaugh views Trump as an ‘oligarch,’ Feinstein says," 10 Sep. 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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