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 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 Amazon shoppers love its versatility, durable materials, and comfortable feel, and praise its innovative design that’s especially helpful on summer’s hottest days. Jessica Leigh Mattern, Southern Living, "This Beach Chair Converts Into a Wagon and Cart," 1 July 2020 Martin Luther King III even phoned in to praise them. Miles Moffeit, Dallas News, "Dallas protesters challenge constitutionality of Texas’ anti-riot law in suit, saying they were falsely arrested," 30 June 2020 On Friday, Vice President Mike Pence used the first White House coronavirus task force briefing in almost two months to praise Trump's handling of the virus and cast aside concerns about a record spike in new infections. Anchorage Daily News, "Record surge in new infections exposes America’s coronavirus failures," 28 June 2020 Even in the face of the alarming news, the White House continued to praise its own efforts. Patricia Mazzei, BostonGlobe.com, "States walk back reopenings as confirmed coronavirus cases hit all-time high," 26 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Critics said the video downplayed three other drum majors for the band, all of whom are Black, and gave undue praise to the single white member of the ensemble. Mary Colurso | Mcolurso@al.com, al, "Look for this marching band from AL high school on ‘America’s Got Talent’," 13 July 2020 President Trump, who wrote a new foreword to the book, tweeted praise for it twice to his more than 80 million followers. Washington Post, "‘Great new book!’: President Trump and his many, many tweets about his favorite authors," 10 July 2020 But all praise to Patty Jenkins, who killed Wonder Woman and opened the door a crack for some of us to squeak through. David Sims, The Atlantic, "The Woman Who Made the Best Action Movie of 2020," 9 July 2020 Be sure to balance this with words of praise and encouragement today. BostonGlobe.com, "Horoscope," 9 July 2020 The mayor's event drew both praise and criticism from Black and community leaders. Adrienne Roberts, Detroit Free Press, "New Detroit Inc. declares 'war on racism' in response to uprisings over police brutality," 6 July 2020 The best game in the subgenre (faint praise) is 2016's brief-and-cute Batman Arkham spinoff, which let early PlayStation VR users play with gadgets and do little else. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Iron Man VR review: A sad, painful end to the PS4’s PlayStation VR era," 2 July 2020 Trump plans to forge ahead with campaign rallies and praise for reopening. W. James Antle Iii, Washington Examiner, "Republicans fear virus spikes in key states for Trump," 1 July 2020 The biggest names in gospel music gathered for a praise break at the ESSENCE Festival of Culture on Sunday afternoon. Keyaira Boone, Essence, "We Reached Heaven At The ESSENCE Festival Of Culture's Get Lifted Gospel Sunday," 29 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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25 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Praise.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/praise. Accessed 3 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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