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

Inside, DeVos praised the students and staff at St. Marcus, one of Milwaukee's largest and most successful private voucher schools. Jordyn Noennig, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Education Secretary Betsy DeVos touts school choice during visit to Milwaukee voucher school," 16 Sep. 2019 Many El Pasoans praise the way O'Rourke kept his hometown in the spotlight and brought national attention to issues such as immigration and gun control, said Lyda Ness-Garcia, an El Paso attorney and community activist. Rick Jervis, USA TODAY, "Beto O'Rourke's City Council record in El Paso has some Latinos troubled," 13 Sep. 2019 More recently, Ma praised the one-party political system for its stability in late 2017. Jane Li, Quartz at Work, "Jack Ma’s 55th birthday present to himself is stepping away from Alibaba," 9 Sep. 2019 The part at the end praises religion and community, which can be two of the greatest bulwarks against isolation and despair. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "The Real Message Behind Justin Bieber’s Drug Confession," 5 Sep. 2019 In another Instagram post Smith shared of his full outfit on the carpet, America’s Next Top Model‘s Miss J Alexander praised the star for his footwear choice. Colleen Kratofil, PEOPLE.com, "Sam Smith Wears Heels for the First Time to an Award Show: 'It Feels So Good'," 4 Sep. 2019 The Rolling Stones concert is the final performance on the iconic rock band’s critically praised No Filter Tour. Ben Crandell, sun-sentinel.com, "Rolling Stones keep an eye on Tropical Storm Dorian before final concert Saturday at Hard Rock Stadium," 28 Aug. 2019 Bolsonaro has insulted adversaries and allies, disparaged women, black and gay people, and even praised his country's 1964-1985 dictatorship. Anchorage Daily News, "G-7 pledges funds to fight Amazon fires," 26 Aug. 2019 Advertising Almost every leading Democrat remaining in the presidential race praised Inslee Wednesday night. Asia Fields, The Seattle Times, "Gov. Jay Inslee exits presidential race; opponents laud his climate-focused campaign," 22 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Smith was referring to linebacker Blaze Alldredge, who's garnered heaps of praise for the growth he's shown since the 2018 season ended. Glynn A. Hill, Houston Chronicle, "Rice coaches discuss upcoming season at THSCA convention," 23 July 2019 In a disturbing new video, children purportedly at the al-Hol refugee camp in Syria are singing in praise of ISIS. Fox News, "ISIS leader calls for ‘caliphate soldiers’ to free detainees from camps, continue attacks," 17 Sep. 2019 Several candidates also tried to balance offering praise of Obama with giving themselves space to criticize Biden, who served as Obama's vice president for eight years. Anchorage Daily News, "Democrats clash over health care in debate that started with calls of unity," 13 Sep. 2019 But her badass bikini shot didn’t just give her fans another reason to love her—the post inspired fans to share their own unedited photos and praise the star for proving what body positivity really means. Christina Oehler, Health.com, "Demi Lovato’s Instagram Cellulite Photo Is Inspiring Fans to Post Their Own," 9 Sep. 2019 Gears 5 has debuted to critical praise, currently sporting an 86 percent on review aggregate site Metacritic. Patrick Shanley, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Gears 5' Studio Head Plans to "Grow and Flourish" Franchise With Film, Comics, Games," 6 Sep. 2019 Nancy Ingalls, personalized learning officer at the district, spoke in praise of the mental health response team on Tuesday, however. Meg Wingerter, The Denver Post, "$10 million for Douglas County school safety could go to mental health support," 16 July 2019 Holt then went on to sing the praises of Westbrook, who spent 11 years with the Thunder: In the days ahead, there will be much, much, much, much more to say about what Russell Westbrook has meant to OKC. Andy Nesbitt, For The Win, "This tweet by Oklahoma City's mayor about Russell Westbrook and Paul George didn't age well," 11 July 2019 As children die, millions migrate and bombs explode, India’s new parliament spends its first day shouting and debating slogans, whether in praise of Ram, Allah, Bheem, Bangla, Hindustan, Inquilab or Mamta. Samar Halarnkar, Quartz India, "India’s battling one crisis after another, but parliament and media are obsessed with the irrelevant," 24 June 2019

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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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More Definitions for praise

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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