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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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

There are almost 500 reviews praising the owners, Rebecca and Jonathan, and their magical tiny house. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "This Tiny Home in Nashville is One of The Most Popular Airbnbs in the Country," 4 Apr. 2019 Lux wrote and printed a pamphlet praising Corday’s virtues and promptly ended up in the same spot, yelling out the names of tyrants as the blade came down. Christoph Irmscher, WSJ, "‘Georg Forster’ Review: In Search of Earthly Paradise," 22 Feb. 2019 Somewhat amazingly, Flynn wrote an op-ed for the Hill praising the Turkish government extensively. Andrew Prokop, Vox, "New tension between Flynn and Mueller as Flynn’s sentencing approaches," 14 Dec. 2018 Harry made a speech praising the fund for its work with women and schools in Uganda. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Pippa Middleton, Meghan Markle, and Their Husbands Attended a Carol Service for Harry's Late Friend," 5 Dec. 2018 Kim could not stop fangirling and praising Cher, and even recreated one of the singer's iconic outfits for the night as an homage. Isabel Greenberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kim Kardashian Laughed Off Her Red Carpet Nip Slip in the Funniest Way," 5 Dec. 2018 Of course, the court may decline to hear the full case after reviewing the merits of the challengers' lawsuit, but Martha Roberts, a senior attorney at the Environmental Defense Fund, praised the court's decision. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "Challenge to EPA’s fuel economy rollback can move ahead, court says," 24 Nov. 2018 Fans were quick to share the love on the final look, praising North on a great makeup tutorial video. Gianluca Russo, Teen Vogue, "North West Does Kim Kardashian's Makeup on Social Media," 24 Nov. 2018 Trump reformed the National Space Council, toyed with the idea of the Space Force as a new branch of the military, and praised human spaceflight as an arena where the United States could regain its pride and #win again. Andrew Moseman, Popular Mechanics, "Not Going Back to the Moon: A Brief Timeline," 27 Mar. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Candace’s relatability and honesty made her debut book a New York Times best seller, earning praises from thousands. Selena Barrientos, Good Housekeeping, "Candace Cameron Bure's Net Worth Proves There's Nothing the 'Fuller House' Star Can't Do," 19 Mar. 2019 The play has earned high praise and intense criticism from various feminist thinkers. Chad Sokol, The Seattle Times, "Gonzaga University to host ‘The Vagina Monologues,’ a play once banned on campus," 10 Feb. 2019 As ranking member of the committee when Democrats were in the minority, Mr. Schiff earned wide praise from fellow Democrats for his handling of the politically sensitive investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. WSJ, "New House Committee Chiefs Take Their Chairs," 4 Jan. 2019 The line — which officially debuted in select Ulta stores this year — received renewed attention in 2018, earning viral praise for its decision to number the darker shades of its foundation coloring first. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Shade Inclusivity, Photoshop Bans, and Other Major Beauty Industry Wins in 2018," 27 Dec. 2018 By contrast, California Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., earned near-universal praise from progressives for taking an aggressive approach when questioning Kavanaugh. Lukas Mikelionis, Fox News, "Kavanaugh views Trump as an ‘oligarch,’ Feinstein says," 10 Sep. 2018 Her career as an actress was catapulted by the success of the award-winning show, and even earned her direct praise from Beyoncé, but Serayah continued to feed her true longtime passion: making music. Regina Cho, Billboard, "'Empire' Star Serayah Talks About Receiving Praise From Beyonce, Premieres New Video 'So Good'," 13 July 2018 Since then, his ready-to-wear designs have earned high praise from critics, and they’ve been worn by big names such as Oprah, Tiffany Haddish, and now Meghan Markle. Emilia Petrarca, The Cut, "Meghan Markle Wore Lady Gaga’s Favorite Designer," 5 July 2018 Senegal earned praise after their win over Poland in their first match for their structural organisation and discipline and the Lions of Teranga began this match in a similar fashion, with much of the early play taking place in Japan's half. SI.com, "Japan 2-2 Senegal: Honours Even in Ekaterinburg to Leave Group H Wide Open," 24 June 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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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

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