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

Judge Dana Sabraw also praised the administration for its work so far in reuniting the youngest immigrant children separated from their families at the border. Alicia A. Caldwell, WSJ, "Judge Orders 12-Hour Notice to Reunite Immigrant Families," 13 July 2018 Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has praised the 'mature' display from Paul Pogba as France beat Belgium in the first 2018 World Cup semifinal on Tuesday night, with the United midfielder one of the best performers on the pitch. SI.com, "Jose Mourinho Praises 'Mature' Performance by Paul Pogba in France's World Cup Semifinal," 11 July 2018 Two New Jersey policemen are being praised after saving the life of a young girl who nearly drowned in a residential pool. Joel Langstein, Fox News, "Body-cam footage shows New Jersey cops saving girl, 2, who nearly drowned," 10 July 2018 Several Facebook commenters have praised Hayes' actions since the arrest, including one woman who identified herself as a family member of an employee working at the Eagle Stop. Kaitlyn Schwers, kansascity, "Man tried to hold up a gas station, but one customer had a gun, Missouri sheriff says," 10 July 2018 Meanwhile, Siegien also praised his older brother, Jan Siegien, for teaching him the importance of working hard and providing a blueprint to move on to the next level. Bob Narang, chicagotribune.com, "Brian Johnson, Frank Siegien prepare to lead Glenbrook North as seniors," 9 July 2018 Japan’s Abe had praised Pompeo for his strong leadership on the issue after speaking with the Secretary of State Sunday. John Hudson, Washington Post, "Pompeo pushes back against North Korea’s ‘gangster-like’ criticism," 8 July 2018 Japan was first praised for their courtesy after their win over Colombia last month. Stephanie Petit, PEOPLE.com, "Team Japan Leaves Locker Room Spotless and Pens Thank You Note After Crushing World Cup Loss," 3 July 2018 After that, each member praised Cunningham for his contributions to the city. Steve Dreyer, Pomerado News, "Cunnigham saluted by council members, vets," 6 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

And, surprisingly, the male ICE detainees were full of praise for the facility. Otis R. Taylor Jr., SFChronicle.com, "Richmond’s Mayor Butt meets ICE detainees," 12 July 2018 Within seconds of Makayla's act ending, the Twitter world exploded with words of praise: But then, Heidi Klum took things to the next level and dramatically slammed her hand on the golden buzzer. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'America's Got Talent' Fans Are Upset After Heidi Klum Gave MaKayla Phillips the Golden Buzzer," 11 July 2018 Trump's supporters have tended to ignore his praise for dictators, or justify it as part of a negotiating strategy. Eli Stokols, latimes.com, "Trump voices admiration and envy of Kim Jong Un, underscoring his respect for autocrats," 15 June 2018 The party of spreading freedom and never negotiating with dictators is now full of praise for chumming it up with Kim Jong-un. Eric Levitz, Daily Intelligencer, "Trump Has Not Transformed the Republican Party – Yet," 14 June 2018 After the summit in Singapore, Trump defended his repeated praise of Kim despite his distressing record on human rights. Anne Saker, Cincinnati.com, "President Trump on Otto Warmbier: 'Otto did not die in vain'," 12 June 2018 After riding a similar wave of critical praise, Hereditary became 2018’s most talked-about fright flick from its freaky trailer alone. Carl Kelsch, Marie Claire, "The New Horror Film 'Hereditary' Might Be This Year's 'Get Out'," 8 June 2018 Annie Lennox, Michael Jackson, Prince, Elton John and George Michael were just a few names the singer listed, which sent the audience in an uproar of praise. Heran Mamo, Billboard, "P!nk Sings 'Just a Girl' With Gwen Stefani & 6 More Highlights From LA Concert," 1 June 2018 For better or worse, this kind of praise has always been really important to me. Julia Sullivan, SELF, "I’m an Indoor Cycling Instructor, and I Can’t Stop Reading What You Say About Me and My Class," 27 May 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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