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

Now, its creator Ryan Murphy has moved on to bigger and better projects, including FX's Pose, which has been praised for its representation of trans people of color. Claire Dodson, Teen Vogue, "Fans Remember "Glee" and Its Most Absurd, Problematic Plot Arcs," 21 Nov. 2018 That’s a rarity in this age of pop culture where taking the low, petty road has been praised. Alex Abad-santos, Vox, "Ariana Grande’s greatest asset isn’t her amazing voice. It’s her resilience.," 11 Nov. 2018 Bode’s menswear, now in its second year, has been praised for its sustainable practices and focus on craft. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Pyer Moss Wins the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund, Bode and Jonathan Cohen Named Runners-Up," 6 Nov. 2018 To All the Boys was praised for featuring an Asian-American female in a lead role, something that is rarely seen, especially in a rom com. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Lara Jean Covey from “To All the Boys I've Loved Before” is Bringing Asian-American Representation to Halloween," 29 Oct. 2018 They were praised for volunteering to work in a dangerous area while many others fled or chose to remain in safer communities. Bashir Adigun, The Seattle Times, "IS-linked extremists kill abducted health worker in Nigeria," 16 Oct. 2018 Soon after, Lucci found herself being praised for her youthful look and fit figure at the age of 71. Fox News, "Susan Lucci says she was 'shocked' when swimsuit photos went viral," 29 Sep. 2018 The bill has been praised as a good first step by some and criticized by others for its vagueness. Adi Robertson, The Verge, "California just became the first state with an Internet of Things cybersecurity law," 28 Sep. 2018 Location: Phoenix, Arizona Price: $610,000 Made from the thousands of surplus containers that sit on docks around the world, shipping container homes are often praised as an eco-friendly and durable alternative to traditional building materials. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Shipping container house in the desert asks $610K," 19 Sep. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Our recent review of Forza Horizon 4, arguably Microsoft's biggest new game this holiday season, came packed with praise. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "My confusing, 10-day journey to getting a UWP game to work on Windows 10," 3 Oct. 2018 Round after round, Shin Lim was constantly showered with praise from all the judges, despite not earning a golden buzzer. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Shin Lim Is Who Won 'America's Got Talent' 2018 and People Have A Lot of Opinions," 20 Sep. 2018 The dolphins are trained to locate mines and mark them for disposal, and in return get praise and fish treats. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "U.S. Navy Dolphins Hunt Mines During RIMPAC Exercise," 31 July 2018 This qualifies as damning with faint praise, but Thomas somehow represents an upgrade for the Nuggets. Ben Golliver, SI.com, "Grades: Isaiah Thomas Can Rejuvenate Career in Nuggets' Low-Risk Gamble," 13 July 2018 When the band finished their airplane performance, passengers cheered and showered them with praise. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "Mariachi band surprises Southwest passengers with mid-flight performance," 11 July 2018 Even his location serves to underscore the disaster that someone with Lift’s power and priorities can sow, largely with impunity (and often with praise even as these violations are discovered). Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, "Sorry to Bother You Has an Eerily Familiar Villain," 10 July 2018 Kim had already racked up points just by standing alongside the U.S. president as an equal, showered with Trump’s praise and transformed from pariah to international rock star. Trudy Rubin, Philly.com, "At the Singapore summit, President Trump got played | Trudy Rubin," 12 June 2018 The Washington Post notes how Trump showered Kim with praise just days after insulting U.S. allies. NBC News, "First Read's Morning Clips: Watching today's primaries," 12 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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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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