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

Keep scrolling for more

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.
See More

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Some of the actions that the new evaluation faults Guerrero for went hand-in-hand with an element of his tenure board members have praised both verbally and in writing. oregonlive.com, "Portland school board says Guerrero needs to work on communication, incident response," 9 July 2019 But Jameel Jaffer, the director of the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University, which represented a group of Twitter users who were blocked by Mr. Trump and filed the lawsuit, praised the ruling. Charlie Savage, New York Times, "Trump Can’t Block Critics From His Twitter Account, Appeals Court Rules," 9 July 2019 For example, the president has previously criticized May's handling of Brexit and has praised her likely successor, Boris Johnson. NBC News, "U.K. officials scramble as top diplomat in U.S. blasts Trump in leaked memos," 8 July 2019 The post got the attention of the mural’s artist, Nate Benington, and fans who praised SRP for preserving it. Paulina Pineda, azcentral, "SRP to preserve Nipsey Hussle mural on Tempe electrical box," 6 July 2019 Parker hailed the 16-year-old as a 'special talent' in May, also praising the youngsters' ability to adapt to the professional game. SI.com, "Liverpool, Barcelona & Real Madrid Circle as Fulham Fear Departure of Teenage Wonderkid," 5 July 2019 Some comments on those articles praise Murphy's detective work and scold Meza, but Meza had his defenders, too. Dan Horn, Cincinnati.com, "Marathoner found dead after Cincinnati cheating website questioned his times," 5 July 2019 That's absolutely a show of dedication, but overly praising that approach runs the risk of sending the wrong message to younger developers. Julie Muncy, WIRED, "Cuphead Update Is Being Delayed for a Very Good Reason," 5 July 2019 Dan Eberhart, a Houston businessman, considers himself a Trump supporter but praised Williamson for her outsider persona — drawing parallels between the two celebrity candidates. Dallas News, "Mischievous Republicans donate to keep love guru Marianne Williamson alive in Democratic primary," 3 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The news was met with a flood of praise from celebrities including Mariah Carey, Halle Berry and Chrissy Teigen, and many fans. oregonlive.com, "Disney network slaps back at notion Ariel has to be a white, blue-eyed redhead," 9 July 2019 Were that delightful duo not around, the rangy midfielder would no doubt have come in for vast amounts of praise much earlier in his career. SI.com, "La Masia: Ranking the 10 Greatest Graduates From Barcelona's Legendary Academy," 8 July 2019 The image received plenty of praise from fans, especially from fellow spouses of law enforcement officers. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "Miranda Lambert Shares Photos of Her Fun Weekend in New York City With Brendan McLoughlin," 7 July 2019 Previous SlideNext Slide Maximum value An OEM's most prestigious laptop families are not the only ones worthy of praise, and the new Inspiron 13 7000 Black Edition proves that for Dell. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "Dell Inspiron 13 7000 review: Premium and practical all in one," 6 July 2019 Despite solid achievements, and notwithstanding Crevecouer’s hymn of praise, the Confederacy’s problems both at home and abroad were real enough. Thomas Wendel, National Review, "The Beginning of a Nation," 4 July 2019 After their handshake and words of praise for one another before the press, Trump and Kim did sit down for a private meeting inside the House of Freedom on the South Korean side. Victoria Kim, latimes.com, "Trump meets Kim Jong Un at DMZ and becomes first sitting U.S. president to enter North Korea," 29 June 2019 Inslee’s plans have gotten plenty of praise from the Sunrise Movement, the climate activist group close to Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the co-author of a Green New Deal resolution in Congress. Ella Nilsen, Vox, "Jay Inslee’s presidential campaign is all about climate change," 26 June 2019 While the ceremony was created to honor some of the best NBA players in the game, there were a handful of ladies present with hair and makeup deserving of praise. Jennifer Ford, Essence, "The Best Beauty Looks From The 2019 NBA Awards," 25 June 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'praise.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

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

Keep scrolling for more

Keep scrolling for more

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

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on praise

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with praise

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for praise

Spanish Central: Translation of praise

Nglish: Translation of praise for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of praise for Arabic Speakers

Comments on praise

What made you want to look up praise? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

characterized by aphorism

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Farm Idioms Quiz

  • cow coming home
  • What does 'poke' refer to in the expression 'pig in a poke'?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!