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
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 Racist, anti-Asian rant at Carmel Valley restaurant inspires praise for server who came to the rescue. Taylor Kate Brown, SFChronicle.com, "Bay Briefing: ‘The real pandemic is homelessness’," 8 July 2020 Overall, however, many economists praise the PPP for having gotten billions to companies relatively quickly. Jack Gillum, ProPublica, "Trump Friends and Family Cleared for Millions in Small Business Bailout," 7 July 2020 During our hour together her phone buzzed constantly with messages from promoters and club owners (a male passer-by also interrupted us to praise her beauty). Ashley Mears, The Economist, "Stories of an extraordinary world The secret economics of a VIP party," 26 June 2020 During our hour together her phone buzzed constantly with messages from promoters and club owners (a male passer-by also interrupted us to praise her beauty). 1843, "The secret economics of a VIP party," 25 June 2020 Ann Coulter has gone on Twitter to praise Sessions and slam Trump for backing Tuberville. al, "Can Jeff Sessions roar back into Senate, or will Trump ruin an otherwise perfect political career?," 10 July 2020 Kids will love the complimentary bikes, while parents will praise the in-room spa services and daily wine hours hosted every evening. Alisha Prakash, Travel + Leisure, "25 Resorts in the U.S. That Are Perfect for Families," 8 July 2020 After only one workout, Ryan Braun went out of his way to praise the planning and effort on the part of both MLB and the Brewers that has gone into protecting the players and staff. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Corey Knebel, now fully recovered from Tommy John surgery, is 'really sharp' as Brewers camp opens," 5 July 2020 On Tuesday, the Service Employees International Union Local 503 went on Twitter to praise Brown for waiting to see if Congress will pass money for states. oregonlive, "Oregon lawmakers urge action on budget, as Gov. Kate Brown waits on Congress," 1 July 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Damian Lillard has high praise for Memphis Grizzlies rookie Ja Morant. oregonlive, "Trail Blazers realistically must defeat Memphis three times to reach the playoffs: Live Updates of today’s game," 31 July 2020 The logbook also had praise for the small switches mounted on the side of the passenger seat that allow the driver or rear passengers to move that seat fore and aft. Annie White, Car and Driver, "Our 2019 Genesis G70 Is a Reliable Quarantine Companion," 30 July 2020 In promoting the event, Ocasio-Cortez heaped praise on the former Democratic presidential hopeful. Jeremy Wallace, ExpressNews.com, "Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez teams up with Julián Castro’s PAC, People First Future," 13 July 2020 Trump’s praise for America and Americanism was right on the money as was his condemnation of the mob violence that’s rippling across the nation. Paul Bedard, Washington Examiner, "White House Report Card: Confusing signals on renaming bases, Biden weaknesses," 11 July 2020 How important can a movement be, it’s often been asked, if the most heinous corporations and institutions in the world can glom onto it and earn praise for meaningless statements and gestures? Osita Nwanevu, The New Republic, "The Willful Blindness of Reactionary Liberalism," 6 July 2020 Mariucci had more praise for Arizona's top two wide receivers. Jeremy Cluff, The Arizona Republic, "Larry Fitzgerald, DeAndre Hopkins give Arizona Cardinals one of NFL's best receiving duos," 5 July 2020 When discussing his college options in May, Maker had high praise for the Bruins. Los Angeles Times, "Five-star basketball prospect Makur Maker commits to Howard over UCLA," 3 July 2020 Andy Scott, guitarist and now the last surviving member of the core quartet from the ’70s, confirmed the news Thursday on The Sweet band's Facebook page in a statement that included high praise for Priest's musical skills. Bill Keveney, USA TODAY, "Steve Priest, co-founder and bassist for British glam-rock band The Sweet, dies at 72," 5 June 2020

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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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Time Traveler for praise

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

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6 Aug 2020

Cite this Entry

“Praise.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/praise. Accessed 11 Aug. 2020.

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More Definitions for praise

praise

verb
How to pronounce praise (audio)

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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