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

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

Farmers here are praised at their funerals for not missing a day of milking. Jesse Newman And Patrick Mcgroarty, WSJ, "Farms, More Productive Than Ever, Are Poisoning Drinking Water in Rural America," 18 Jan. 2019 At the launch Wednesday, Mahathir praised Proton’s progress since its partnership with Geely. Eileen Ng, The Seattle Times, "Malaysia’s Proton launches first SUV with China’s Geely," 12 Dec. 2018 Those worried about Israel’s global reputation praised the agreement, which arrived immediately on the heels of Israeli snipers killing 18 unarmed Palestinian protesters at the security fence with Gaza. Brian Goldstone, The New Republic, "Essential reporting, interpretation, and opinion on politics and culture. Don't miss our latest.," 26 June 2018 At the hearing of the five-member Port Commission, the Park Service plan was widely praised as a critical improvement to the city’s bayfront. Kurtis Alexander, SFChronicle.com, "Dock redo set to rock more than Alcatraz," 25 June 2018 Here, the 44-year-old actress and face of John Hardy praises Pedro Almodóvar and Holden Caulfield. Harper's Bazaar Staff, Harper's BAZAAR, "Penélope Cruz Shares Who (And What) Has a Special Place in Her Heart," 17 Jan. 2019 Since then, Mueller’s team has praised Flynn’s cooperation with their probe and said that a low sentence with no prison time would be appropriate for Flynn. Andrew Prokop, Vox, "New tension between Flynn and Mueller as Flynn’s sentencing approaches," 14 Dec. 2018 Leaders around the world praised the efforts of Thai rescuers and their international helpers. George Styllis, latimes.com, "From mission impossible to mission accomplished: Thailand rejoices as last boys rescued from cave," 11 July 2018 Teammates have praised Giles diverse talents and athleticism, and many say passing is one of his best skills. Jason Jones, sacbee, "Five things to watch for from the Kings as NBA summer league play tips off," 1 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The praise was tempered by one powerful critique that cut through the hype. Alissa Walker, Curbed, "The good, the bad, and the ugly of self-driving cars in 2018," 27 Dec. 2018 Taxes are a constant, but if President Trump raises taxes next year in a compromise with the Pelosi Democrats, don’t expect the Beltway press to give him the same praise 41 is getting this week for reversing his no-new-taxes pledge. Daniel Henninger, WSJ, "Trump Didn’t Kill the Bush Values," 5 Dec. 2018 Based on my short time with the Personal Server, the praise is properly earned. Lee Hutchinson, Ars Technica, "Review: Helm Personal Server gets email self-hosting (almost) exactly right," 4 Dec. 2018 Razer’s attempt to pass it off as being worthy of the same praise as the original is slightly misleading. Stefan Etienne, The Verge, "Razer Blade 15 dual storage review: too much compromise," 8 Nov. 2018 One of the most coveted praises is when someone from Germany says her sauerbraten is amazing. Nancy Miller, The Courier-Journal, "More than just a gastropub. Food at Monnik is as awesome as the beer," 10 July 2018 The praise for Heat summer league forward Duncan Robinson keeps pouring in. Manny Navarro, miamiherald, "'It's like playing with Wayne' Adebayo says of Heat summer leaguer. Plus, a DJJ update," 9 July 2018 Occasionally the praise is tacked on to something else entirely, like a rider on an appropriations bill. Sarah Lyall, New York Times, "The Bizarre Theater of the World Cup Press Conference," 9 July 2018 Kyler Murray has the talent to be an absolute star, however, and Lincoln Riley has more than earned all the praise heaped his way since the second half of last season. Paul Myerberg, USA TODAY, "Oklahoma's still the team to beat in the Big 12," 9 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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