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

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

Teammates have praised Giles diverse talents and athleticism, and many say passing is one of his best skills. Jason Jones, sacbee, "Five things to watch for from the Kings as NBA summer league play tips off," 1 July 2018 Monitor film critic Peter Rainer particularly praises actress Gina Rodriguez’s performance as one of Lena’s comrades on the mission. Staff, The Christian Science Monitor, "Ry Cooder's 'The Prodigal Son,' the iScanner app, and more top picks," 29 June 2018 The highly praised product line is well-curated and is coupled with facial and body treatments. Sunhee Grinnell, Vanities, "A Wellness Destination in New York, Brought to You by NYDG," 29 June 2018 Ahead of Thursday’s one-hour special, EW has an exclusive clip of Roberts, Britton and more praising their beloved leader that will air during the broadcast. Joseph Longo, EW.com, "VH1 Trailblazer Honors: Julia Roberts, Connie Britton, Angela Bassett and more praise Ryan Murphy," 27 June 2018 But to hear David Lynch seemingly praise the president was unexpected. Thomas Harlander, Los Angeles Magazine, "Maybe We Should Take David Lynch’s Thoughts on Trump with a Grain of Salt," 27 June 2018 Now, however, many fans are praising the series for shedding light on a difficult topic. Megan Stein, Country Living, "'Last Man Standing' Star Tim Allen Honors Veterans in Emotional Christmas Episode," 17 Dec. 2018 During her acceptance speech, the high-profile attorney praised journalists for reporting the truth, and urged for an end of persecution of journalists around the world, especially in authoritarian regimes. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Amal Clooney Wears a Breezy J. Mendel Gown to a United Nations Event," 6 Dec. 2018 And Dwight Hammond’s wife, Susie, praised one person in particular, a thin man who stood by in black pants and a purple button-up shirt. New York Times, "How a Tycoon and Pence Friend Helped 2 Ranchers Get Pardons," 12 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

After a few pages of praise for SpaceX, the conversation moved toward the implications of the successful launch for SpaceX and space exploration. Eric Bangeman, Ars Technica, "Talk amongst yourselves: 2018’s most-commented stories on Ars," 24 Dec. 2018 The singer recently released a music video for the upbeat tune, which earned her plenty of praise. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "Here's What 'The Voice' Star Brynn Cartelli Has Been Doing Since Winning Season 14," 18 Dec. 2018 At the event, Prime Minister Arden offered Meghan heaps of praise. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Meghan Markle Recycles a Navy Dress For Her Final Formal Occasion on the Royal Tour," 30 Oct. 2018 Government officials and business leaders had turned from lavishing praise on the prince to criticizing him. Justin Scheck, WSJ, "Scandal Over Dead Journalist Jolts Heir to Saudi Throne," 20 Oct. 2018 To close, there’s this heap of praise about how great Facebook is: Facebook is truly the only company that’s singularly about people. Chris Welch, The Verge, "Facebook’s former Messenger boss calls WhatsApp co-founder a ‘new standard of low-class’," 26 Sep. 2018 Even though the judges didn't give her feedback this time, her act was met with a flood of praise online. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'America's Got Talent' Fans Are Going Nuts Over Courtney Hadwin's Finale Performance," 20 Sep. 2018 Remember, lavishing so much praise on Bob Woodward and his new anti-Trump book. Fox News, "Rudy Giuliani reacts to Paul Manafort's plea deal," 14 Sep. 2018 Outlander is based on a book series that features multiple instances of rape, and the show has received both praise and criticism for its depictions in past seasons. Julie Kosin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Outlander's Sophie Skelton Breaks Down Brianna's Harrowing Assault," 24 Dec. 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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