praise

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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

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noun

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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web
Verb
At the time, the 1957 film was praised for its honest depiction of the toll drug addiction can take on familial relationships and physical health. Brendan Le, Peoplemag, 4 July 2024 On CNews, a presenter praised the National Rally’s platform that grants the presumption of self-defense to police officers. Marco Quiroz-Gutierrez, Fortune Europe, 3 July 2024
Noun
But modern-day wellness influencers aren’t the first ones to have sung the praises of the goji berry. Alessandra Signorelli, Vogue, 5 July 2024 But the video—which has gathered over 3M views and almost 500K likes—has attracted a mix of praise and criticism. Hannah Nwoko, Parents, 3 July 2024 See all Example Sentences for praise 

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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 14 Jul. 2024.

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
Etymology

Verb

Middle English preisen "to praise," from early French preisier, priser "to praise, prize," from Latin pretiare "to prize," from earlier pretium (noun) "price, money" — related to price

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