\ 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



Definition of praise (Entry 2 of 2)

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

Other Words from praise


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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Most of us praise high-waist jeans for their power to accentuate our figures. Bridget Degnan, Peoplemag, 15 Sep. 2022 Yet Trump continued to praise hydroxychloroquine for treatment of the virus and Hatfill and Navarro worked to get the FDA to reverse its decision with help from O'Neill, the documents show. Kristen Jordan Shamus, Detroit Free Press, 24 Aug. 2022 Booker continued to praise the 6-8 Jones with the 7-foot wingspan, saying the second rounder out of Alabama doesn’t get enough credit for his abilities on offense. Jones averaged 9.5 points on 47.6% shooting in the regular season. Duane Rankin, The Arizona Republic, 17 Apr. 2022 Ryan Day continued to praise Tommy Eichenberg on Thursday, and he may be locked in as the starting Mike linebacker. Nathan Baird, cleveland, 15 Apr. 2022 Pfeiffer continued to praise Ford's impact on American society. Kelly Wynne,, 7 Apr. 2022 Still, Mayor Eric Garcetti’s office continued to praise the cleanup of Echo Park Lake, despite the UCLA report. Erika D. Smithcolumnist, Los Angeles Times, 26 Mar. 2022 In the aftermath of the riot, he's continued to praise Trump. Kaitlin Lange, The Indianapolis Star, 21 July 2021 But everyone in the emperor’s inner circle continued to praise the beautiful, invisible clothes, despite the fact that some of them could also see there was nothing there. Dr. Augustine Fou, Forbes, 4 June 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Posts mentioning incel mass murders increased 59 percent between 2021 and 2022, the study said, and praise was common for Elliot Rodger. Taylor Lorenz, Washington Post, 22 Sep. 2022 But the praise for Dan Campbell's team came pouring in Monday from media outlets all over the country. Detroit Free Press, 19 Sep. 2022 The fan engagement associated with the show is high, and the praise has been effusive. Andy Meek, BGR, 19 Sep. 2022 The article’s title, along with the lavish praise on the ritzy island, was ridiculed by social media users. Fox News, 19 Sep. 2022 The praise for Steven Spielberg's latest film continues. Alexandra Schonfeld, Peoplemag, 19 Sep. 2022 Just look at the sweet reactions of young Black children and the praise of Disney icons like Jodi Benson, the voice of the original Ariel. Aj Willingham, CNN, 17 Sep. 2022 Unlike the average Briton, Charles carries the weight of preserving the monarchy — and bearing the praise and criticism that comes with the institution. Corky Siemaszko, NBC News, 13 Sep. 2022 The Emmy-winning Hulu adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s dystopian tale has been renewed for a sixth season — praise be! Jackie Strause, The Hollywood Reporter, 8 Sep. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of praise


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


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

History and Etymology for praise


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

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

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24 Sep 2022

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“Praise.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Sep. 2022.

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More Definitions for praise


\ 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)



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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