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
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 Some in Davos disagreed with Mr. Trump, but attendees at a dinner Tuesday night took turns praising him one at a time. Andrew Restuccia, WSJ, "Trump Lauds U.S. Economy as He Opens World Economic Forum," 21 Jan. 2020 VanderWerp reverted to praise even while trying to criticize. Daniel Pund, Car and Driver, "Our 2020 Kia Telluride Is Proving to Be Frustratingly Sturdy," 13 Jan. 2020 While many praised the couple for injecting youth and glamour into the royal family, last week’s announcement marked an explosive turn in the growing rift between them and the rest of the clan. Washington Post, "Queen attends church on eve of meeting over Harry and Meghan," 12 Jan. 2020 After photos of Padukone at the protest circulated online, #BoycottChhapaak trended on Twitter, while others praised Padukone for being a rare dissenting voice amid India’s political crackdown under the hashtag #ISupportDeepika. Suyin Haynes, Time, "Violence Against Women Has Made a Resurgence in India. Deepika Padukone's New Film Highlights the Strength of Survivors," 10 Jan. 2020 Nonetheless, Harry and Meghan had a sea of well-wishers praising them for the radical choice to forge their own path. Ineye Komonibo, refinery29.com, "The Royal Fallout From Meghan & Harry’s Decision Is Turning Nuclear," 10 Jan. 2020 Massey amassed a strong and loyal following on social media in which supporters praised him for taking a stand against federal authorities. Kevin Krause, Dallas News, "North Texas militia vigilante who rounded up migrants at border found dead after months on the run," 10 Jan. 2020 Reaction on Twitter was mixed, with some criticizing the singer for not being clear enough in her apology, while others praised her for owning up to her past behavior. cleveland, "Camila Cabello sorry for ‘hurtful language’ after racist social media posts from pop star’s youth surface," 19 Dec. 2019 While Jameson praises the rigid diet, many people have come out against it. Eric Todisco, PEOPLE.com, "Jenna Jameson Says She's 'Back on Track' on Keto Diet After Gaining 20 Lbs.," 10 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The endeavor has produced a promising molecule while earning tentative praise from environmental advocacy groups, and some point to it as a model for how companies might uncover safer chemicals. Warren Cornwall, Science | AAAS, "To replace controversial plastic additive BPA, a chemical company teams up with unlikely allies," 23 Jan. 2020 The answer included praise for Musk but also proclaimed plans for another U.S. Gigafactory that’s a surprise to us and possibly Tesla. Roberto Baldwin, Car and Driver, "Trump Claims Tesla's Building a Huge New U.S. Factory Because It Has to," 22 Jan. 2020 To feel the joy of kissing your child on the cheek at night is to sanction, even to praise, the riot of cells rotting out the gray-faced boy outside the cancer garden. Christian Wiman, Harper's magazine, "The Cancer Chair," 20 Jan. 2020 For years, fiscally conservative advocacy groups were giving then-Republican representative Justin Amash awards, praise, and donations. Katherine Timpf, National Review, "Amash’s Donors Are Snubbing Him Now That He’s an Independent and That’s Bad for Everyone," 17 Jan. 2020 Pippen isn’t the first NBA icon to show public praise for Doncic. Selby Lopez, Dallas News, "Will the Mavs win a title in the next few years? Thanks to Luka Doncic, Scottie Pippen says it’s a ‘realistic’ possibility," 9 Jan. 2020 In recent years, a peculiar element has emerged, particularly among Malayalis living outside Kerala: Onam day songs and dance in praise of Mahabali’s crooked, deceitful vanquisher. Harish Pullanoor, Quartz India, "We, the permanent villains of Indian mythology, must reclaim our fallen icons," 30 Dec. 2019 Major praise to the offensive line, which had Jake Rodgers at right tackle and Patrick Morris at left guard. Ryan O’halloran, The Denver Post, "Broncos Status Report: Finally, a come-from-behind victory," 22 Dec. 2019 Parliamentarians in his ruling party even praise Godse, the assassin of Gandhi. The Economist, "Unite and rule India’s constitution helped sustain the world’s biggest democracy," 12 Dec. 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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Time Traveler for praise

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

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25 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Praise.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/praise?show=0&t=1407732914. Accessed 28 January 2020.

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More Definitions for praise

praise

verb
How to pronounce praise (audio)

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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