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

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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 Once Burrell, Erales and Nakajima stepped out, Colicchio, Lakshmi, Simmons, Blais and King talked some more, finding much to praise in all the dishes, with a few minor quibbles. oregonlive, 2 July 2021 Olympia marks the sanctuary site of where people would gather to praise Zeus in ancient Greece. Lisa Kocay, Forbes, 25 June 2021 Still, Pence has continued to praise the Trump Administration in public appearances. Rick Rouan, USA TODAY, 18 June 2021 Jenkins even found a way to get some of his namesake coffee and made sure to praise the business in an Instagram post. April Siese, CBS News, 24 Feb. 2021 When her professor asked everyone in the class to choose an animal to praise in an ode and explain why, Acevedo chose rats. Monique-marie Cummings, Smithsonian Magazine, 5 May 2020 Booker got a chance to praise his teammate, Bridges, after Game 2. José M. Romero, The Arizona Republic, 10 July 2021 Tuning in virtually to the international Diana Award ceremony on Monday, Louisville cousins Jacqueline Teague and Amelie Beck were shocked to hear Britain's Prince Harry praise their COVID-19 vaccine advocacy work. Sarah Ladd, The Courier-Journal, 2 July 2021 On Sunday afternoon, some of those community members will gather to praise Robran and the girls' track and field team, which made school history by winning the Class 1A championship while representing a return on the bond investment. David La Vaque, Star Tribune, 25 June 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Receiving widespread praise was Beutner’s swift action to feed children and other community members. Los Angeles Times, 25 July 2021 Maiola’s statement comes at a moment when Ivey is making national headlines and earning praise from some observers for ramping up her rhetoric urging Alabamians to get vaccinated. Connor Sheets | Csheets@al.com, al, 25 July 2021 In his latest return to campaign speeches, Trump showered praise on Arizona state senators who organized the non-scientific audit. Stephen Collinson, CNN, 25 July 2021 After some well-deserved praise of Kylie/Ginger/Jan, A’keria and Ra’Jah are left to the bottom two. Paul Mccallion, Vulture, 22 July 2021 So are a number of younger stars who appear in the documentary—the gifted Gary Clark Jr., Kingfish and John Mayer, who delivers some quasi-unintelligible but enthusiastic praise of his idol. John Anderson, WSJ, 22 July 2021 This was praise, of course, from Charlotte the spider, trying to save the pig from slaughter. Washington Post, 22 July 2021 But despite praise, some members had problems with portions of the plans. Eric Heisig, cleveland, 20 July 2021 Watch the Black Lives Matter organization praise Fidel Castro and the Cuban dictatorship. Marco Rubio, National Review, 19 July 2021

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

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26 Jul 2021

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“Praise.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/praise. Accessed 31 Jul. 2021.

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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 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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