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 Scouts praise him as one of the most sophisticated pass rushers in the class. Childs Walker, baltimoresun.com, "Ravens draft preview: Which edge rusher from a deep class will fill one of the biggest holes on the roster?," 27 Apr. 2021 But typically parents who speak about the scholarships at hearings in Tallahassee have done so to praise them. Leslie Postal, orlandosentinel.com, "House to take up scholarship bill, but changes worry parents of students with disabilities," 19 Apr. 2021 Some places -- San Francisco, for example -- praise themselves for having famous sourdoughs as a result of the local microbes, ingredients and environment. ABC News, "Fantastic yeasts and where to find them: The science behind sourdough starters," 4 Apr. 2021 But there was no catchy brand name to use either to praise it for helping bring Britain’s spiraling pandemic under control, or to worry about the rare blood clots that some may have developed after being inoculated. Washington Post, "World Digest: April 2, 2021," 2 Apr. 2021 However, Belichick continued to express support of Newton and praise him for his work ethic. Mike Jones, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Each in search of redemption, Patriots and Cam Newton wise to run it back," 12 Mar. 2021 Resist temptations to brag on yourself to others, but praise them freely when deserved. Mike Masterson, Arkansas Online, "OPINION | MIKE MASTERSON: A tragic number," 15 Feb. 2021 Now, there is an effort to praise him publicly and award him with a medal. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "Lawmakers want to award officer Eugene Goodman Congressional Gold Medal for heroism during Capitol riots," 14 Jan. 2021 Analysts and car critics praise it for an attribute that’s rare for Toyota products: its looks. Bloomberg Wire, Dallas News, "The Tacoma pickup is Toyota’s cash cow, and a truck enthusiast’s favorite," 2 Jan. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Friday's decision drew qualified praise from ethics watchdogs, including Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington. Donald Judd, CNN, "Biden White House posts first tranche of White House visitor logs in break with Trump," 7 May 2021 The defense lawyer’s actions drew praise from Orange-Osceola State Attorney Monique Worrell, the circuit’s top prosecutor, and Clarke’s boss. Kalia Richardson, orlandosentinel.com, "Assistant public defender praised as ‘heroic’ after helping prosecutor attacked outside courthouse," 5 May 2021 But the president’s statement drew praise from some of the very people who had criticized his earlier decision on refugees. New York Times, "In Another Reversal, Biden Raises Limit on Number of Refugees Allowed Into the U.S.," 3 May 2021 The nominations drew immediate praise from the Democratic chairmen of the House and Senate Armed Services committees. Jamie Mcintyre, Washington Examiner, "US begins to pull personnel from embassy in Kabul, as Pentagon warns of potential for Taliban attacks," 28 Apr. 2021 The president’s proposals drew praise from some Democrats, though others wanted a more expansive package. Richard Rubin, WSJ, "Biden to Propose $1.8 Trillion Plan Aimed at Families, Tax Hikes for Wealthiest Americans," 28 Apr. 2021 Grace didn't hold back with her striking performance, which replaced the original's country elements for a more sparse and haunting interpretation, and drew praise from the four coaches. Piet Levy, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee singer Anna Grace pulls off another shocker on 'The Voice'," 27 Apr. 2021 Collins was also a producer of last month's Grammy Awards, a telecast that drew praise for its personal, jam-session feel. Jake Coyle, Star Tribune, "The pandemic has upended the Oscars. Good, producers say," 16 Apr. 2021 Collins was also a producer of last month’s Grammy Awards, a telecast that drew praise for its personal, jam-session feel. BostonGlobe.com, "The pandemic has upended the Oscars. Good, producers say," 16 Apr. 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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Time Traveler for praise

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

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15 May 2021

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“Praise.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/praise. Accessed 17 May. 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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