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

Synonyms & Antonyms for praise

Synonyms: Verb

acclaim, accredit, applaud, cheer, crack up, hail, laud, salute, tout

Antonyms: Verb

knock, pan, slam

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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

Some criticized her silence until this point as irresponsible, some praised her for influencing her young audience to get involved, and others just had to laugh it off. Isabel Greenberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Twitter Is Freaking Out About Taylor Swift's Political Instagram Post," 8 Oct. 2018 In a 2015 interview with AARP The Magazine, Selleck praised how his hardworking parents raised him, and has continuously aligned their encouragement of risk-taking with his own success. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "Who Is Tom Selleck? Everything You Need to Know About the 'Blue Bloods' Star," 7 Aug. 2018 Kylie is mentioned in numerous songs with Travis praising her continuously. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Every Mention of Kylie Jenner in Travis Scott’s New Album," 3 Aug. 2018 Some on the internet praised it as an adorable love story. Taylor Lorenz, The Atlantic, "Stop Live-Tweeting Strangers Flirting," 9 July 2018 Trump praised Putin’s toughness and called for a thaw in relations between the two countries. Jonathan Chait, Daily Intelligencer, "Will Trump Be Meeting With His Counterpart — Or His Handler?," 8 July 2018 Tusk praised Kurz on his choice of a motto -- a Europe that protects -- and said that the need for security became evident during the migration crisis, with leaders working to ensure the EU is associated with stability, not instability. Lyubov Pronina, Bloomberg.com, "Austria's Kurz Wants to Build Bridges, Reduce Tension in EU," 30 June 2018 The rapper was well connected in the music world, even praised by Kanye West in a tweet and given a tribute at the BET Awards, but while many mourn his death, others cannot forget the musician's actions. Morgan Baila, refinery29.com, "XXXTentacion Will Have An Open-Casket Funeral," 25 June 2018 Barrett's decision not to reappoint Cabrera had drawn criticism from Common Council members and residents who praised her independence on the powerful civilian oversight board. Ashley Luthern, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Hearings set for 2 of Mayor Tom Barrett's Fire and Police Commission picks; 1 drops out," 12 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

While the final budget made no one entirely happy, Rossi won praise at the time from many Senate Democrats for listening to their concerns, according to a 2003 Seattle Times article. Jim Brunner, The Seattle Times, "Former Gov. Gary Locke attacks Dino Rossi’s budget claims in 8th Congressional District campaign," 25 Oct. 2018 Everyone loves the feeling of a fresh haircut, and one New York barber is winning praise for making accommodations to style a customer's hair outside of his non-wheelchair-accessible shop. Janine Puhak, Fox News, "New York barber goes viral for giving man in wheelchair a haircut outdoors," 21 Sep. 2018 Yesterday, Dorsey won Sean Hannity’s praise for the company’s paralysis. Casey Newton, The Verge, "Twitter’s case for keeping Alex Jones is falling apart," 10 Aug. 2018 Microsoft’s approach wins praise from Eileen Donahoe, an adjunct professor at Stanford’s Center for Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law. Scott Thurm, WIRED, "Microsoft Calls For Federal Regulation of Facial Recognition," 13 July 2018 Aerie's depiction of women won praise from advocacy groups. Andrea Mandell, USA TODAY, "New Aerie models show off bras in wheelchairs, with insulin pumps as Twitter cheers," 11 July 2018 Russia has won praise for its hosting of the World Cup, including embracing some social programs FIFA requires of host nations. Graham Dunbar, chicagotribune.com, "Sexism tops racism as a World Cup fan problem in Russia," 11 July 2018 Pro tip: The seafood pastas are favorites here, with the salmon ravioli winning particular praise. David Ferry, SFChronicle.com, "Mavericks legend Jeff Clark’s favorite spots in Half Moon Bay," 10 July 2018 Stuck in the middle is Mr. Byford, an affable Brit who is widely respected among rail experts and won praise in his previous job running Toronto’s transit network. New York Times, "Nearly 6 Months on the Job, the Subway Chief Finally Meets the Mayor," 10 July 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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