praise

1 of 2

verb

praised; praising

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
praiser noun

praise

2 of 2

noun

1
a
: an expression of approval : commendation
b
2
a
b
archaic : one that is praised

Example Sentences

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web
Verb
Martin went on to praise Paddy Considine’s performance as King Viserys, particularly in the season’s eighth episode. Zack Sharf, Variety, 11 Oct. 2022 In a clip of the ovation that went viral, Fraser is seen getting emotional as the crowd stands to praise his performance. Ct Jones, Rolling Stone, 8 Nov. 2022 Brent says, bbbs goal in their discussion was to convince Brent that bib had nothing to do with Gordon’s decision to leave and, and to praise. Laura Johnston, cleveland, 7 Nov. 2022 Since then, Fat Joe has never hesitated to praise his friend. Daniela Avila, Peoplemag, 7 Nov. 2022 Shortly after sharing the video online, a few famous faces dropped into its comments section to praise Garner's two bewitching ensembles. Emlyn Travis, EW.com, 28 Oct. 2022 The Tokyo festival’s programming director Ichiyama Shozo was on hand to praise and tease the director into indiscretions. Patrick Frater, Variety, 27 Oct. 2022 Lawyers for both sides in the case found something to praise in the ruling. Bob Egelko, San Francisco Chronicle, 26 Oct. 2022 Rhaenyra is the first to comply, raising her glass to Alicent to praise her loyalty and devotion to Viserys. Erica Gonzales, ELLE, 10 Oct. 2022
Noun
Hurley also has nothing but praise to bestow upon her former costar for his role in Darren Aronofsky's The Whale, in which Fraser plays a 600-lb. Jen Juneau, Peoplemag, 16 Nov. 2022 Belichick, who passed legendary coach George Halas for second on the all-time wins list with 325, had nothing but praise for Stevenson after the Week 8 victory that brought New England’s record to 4-4. Richard Morin, USA TODAY, 1 Nov. 2022 Pugh has remained silent, while Wilde has had nothing but praise for her star. Mark Peikert, Town & Country, 11 Sep. 2022 Knowles has been heaping praise on safety Lathan Ransom. Doug Lesmerises, cleveland, 3 Sep. 2022 Kyrgios and Wolf had never played before but got to know each other at a tournament in Houston earlier this year, and the temperamental Aussie had nothing but praise for the Cincinnati native. Michael Lewis, The Enquirer, 3 Sep. 2022 Meanwhile, Madonna, back home in Beverley Hills, from her globe-circling Drowned World tour, has nothing but praise for her baby brother’s talents. Melissa Barrett Rhodes, ELLE Decor, 25 Aug. 2022 This week, however, one Twitter user’s attempt to poke fun at a TikTok backfired, heaping praise on an unsuspecting Vegas noise act with a penchant for destroying trash receptacles. Brenna Ehrlich, Rolling Stone, 5 Aug. 2022 Morosini has nothing but praise for his leading man. Jenelle Riley, Variety, 2 Aug. 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Verb

Middle English preisen, from Anglo-French preiser, priser to appraise, esteem — more at prize

First Known Use

Verb

13th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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

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Cite this Entry

“Praise.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/praise. Accessed 28 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition

praise

verb

ˈprāz
praised; praising
1
: to express approval of : commend
2
: to glorify (a god or a saint) especially in song
praise noun

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