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 But across both platforms, Trump supporters used the hashtag #StormTheCapitol to document the chaos with photos or video and praise the mob. Michael Kunzelman And Amanda Seitz, Star Tribune, "Experts: Capitol riot product of years of hateful rhetoric," 6 Jan. 2021 The judges heap praise onto Rosé and Symone, but Symone’s stellar du-rag-train runway steals the show. Paul Mccallion, Vulture, "RuPaul’s Drag Race Recap: Happy RuPaulidays!," 22 Jan. 2021 DeSantis gave a lukewarm endorsement of Gruters on Tuesday and didn’t praise his leadership despite the successful Republican gains in November. Gray Rohrer, orlandosentinel.com, "Florida Democrats face a fight for party chair after elections debacle; GOP tensions squashed for now," 17 Dec. 2020 And while climate scientists and activists praise Biden’s plan to distribute $2 trillion to tackle the climate crisis, a lot of them worry his appointees still aren’t serious about curbing gas projects. Edna Bonhomme, The New Republic, "The Global Temptation to Keep Building Pipelines," 2 Dec. 2020 That was a really defining moment not just for me, or Mrs. Obama, but for the millions of Black and brown women who’ve been told their natural curls are not professional or worthy to praise. Akili King, Vogue, "Hairstylist Yene Damtew on Creating Michelle Obama’s Head-Turning Inauguration Hair," 21 Jan. 2021 This pardon is supported by Mr. Grantham’s friends and family who praise his moral character, Acting Attorney Jeffrey Rosen, former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, and the Office of the Pardon Attorney. BostonGlobe.com, "Here’s a full list of the people who Trump pardoned or commuted the sentences of," 20 Jan. 2021 This pardon is supported by Mr. Grantham’s friends and family who praise his moral character, Acting Attorney Jeffrey Rosen, former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, and the Office of the Pardon Attorney. al, "Who did Trump pardon at the last minute? Here’s the full list of 143 people who received clemency," 20 Jan. 2021 Science organizations were also quick to praise Lander and the promotion of the science post. CBS News, "Watch Live: Biden introduces key members of his science team," 16 Jan. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The plan hasn't met with universal praise in the community. Freep.com, "Albion College has strong connection to downtown," 13 Feb. 2021 This isn’t the first time Divine has showered her son with praise via the Internet. Laura Furr Mericas, Chron, "Dan Levy's mom is the best thing on the internet," 7 Feb. 2021 Trump lavishes autocratic strongmen with praise, yet behaves subserviently to them. Megan Garber, The Atlantic, "Donald Trump’s ‘Pussy’ Presidency," 17 Jan. 2021 But while both new consoles were met with praise, there's been one issue plaguing gamers ever since launch: a distinct lack of next-gen games for either console. Brittany Vincent, Wired, "5 Next-Gen Console Games You Should Actually Care About," 14 Jan. 2021 When prompted, Mueller offered praise to agents, analysts, and prosecutors who served on his team. Daniel Chaitin, Washington Examiner, "Robert Mueller reveals why he became special counsel," 4 Feb. 2021 Some offered praise and called for continued support for the Somerset Senior Citizens Center, which has provided hot meals to seniors in the area during the pandemic, through pickup or delivery services. Scott Huddleston, San Antonio Express-News, "South Side residents identify biggest needs in Bexar County," 3 Feb. 2021 Two years and a pandemic later, the Trinity Park Conservancy has just closed two consequential deals that deserve your attention — and even a bit of cautious praise. Sharon Grigsby, Dallas News, "You thought it would never happen: With a new boss, Dallas’ Trinity park aims to break ground next year," 2 Feb. 2021 Kopitar deflected the praise when asked about his early season spot atop the NHL’s points leaderboard. Jack Harris, Los Angeles Times, "Anze Kopitar continues hot start: Five takeaways from Kings’ win over Blues," 25 Jan. 2021

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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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Last Updated

20 Feb 2021

Cite this Entry

“Praise.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/praise. Accessed 24 Feb. 2021.

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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 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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