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 Earlier on Wednesday, the Bloomberg campaign released a video that showed Biden praising the former New York mayor, which was in response to a video from the Biden campaign that highlighted Bloomberg criticizing President Barack Obama. Joseph Simonson, Washington Examiner, "'I don't endorse Republicans': Biden slams Bloomberg video implying rival's support," 19 Feb. 2020 The chairman of the Texas Democratic Party, Gilberto Hinojosa, whose state is among the biggest delegate prizes on Super Tuesday, praised all the remaining candidates. Author: Bill Barrow, Tom Foreman Jr., Anchorage Daily News, "Democratic hopefuls now test strength among minority voters," 16 Feb. 2020 And President Donald Trump has tweeted many of the Examiner's stories, and praised writers like York. Oliver Darcy, CNN, "Inside the climate of 'workplace terror and bullying' at the Washington Examiner, a conservative media outlet on the rise," 14 Feb. 2020 Not even my husband could deny it, praising Bieber’s guitar skills (and later his employment of Phish’s lighting guru, Chris Kuroda). Michelle Ruiz, Vogue, "Why I Can’t—And Won’t—Quit Justin Bieber," 14 Feb. 2020 But this one swallowed his pride, and whispered flattery to his abuser, like Wormtongue in another kingdom, and praised the wisdom of the man who disgraced him. John Archibald | Jarchibald@al.com, al, "The Legend of Six White Men of a Certain Age," 12 Feb. 2020 Democrats don't generally want to hear their candidate praised (even back-handedly) by conservative firebrands like Tucker Carlson. Noah Millman, TheWeek, "Elizabeth Warren's last chance," 6 Feb. 2020 The annual meetup features poets and musicians verbally galloping across the stage, eulogizing their horses, praising their cow dogs, damning the drought, and cheering for rain, Carson Vaughan writes for Nat Geo. Michael George, National Geographic, "Will global events keep you closer to home this year?," 4 Feb. 2020 Fans are praising Jennifer Lopez and Shakira for their powerful but subtle statements on Puerto Rico and U.S. immigration policy during their Super Bowl 2020 halftime show. Abbey White, The Hollywood Reporter, "Fans Praise Jennifer Lopez for Puerto Rican Pride, Pro-Immigration Statement During Super Bowl Halftime," 3 Feb. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Arguello Kline did, however, single out one candidate for praise, former Vice President Joe Biden. Alexander Tin, CBS News, "Culinary Union announces it will not endorse a candidate before Nevada caucuses," 13 Feb. 2020 More recently, Cax drew praise for walking in the Savage x Fenty fashion show. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "Model and Activist Mama Cax Has Died at Age 30," 20 Dec. 2019 Deputy editor Josh Jacquot sang the praises of the Telluride's impressive ride quality over potholed gravel roads. Daniel Pund, Car and Driver, "Our 2020 Kia Telluride Is Proving to Be Frustratingly Sturdy," 13 Jan. 2020 DeWine, who first encountered the book mailing initiative through her grandchildren, has traversed the state, singing the praises of the early literacy program and raising money to expand enrollments to all 88 Ohio counties. Rachel Dissell, cleveland, "75,000 Cuyahoga kids can get free Imagination Library books in the mail starting next week," 10 Jan. 2020 Despite the anecdotal evidence from friends and influencers who reside on the coasts and sing the praises of ditching meat, the numbers of vegans and vegetarians in the United States have barely shifted from the late ‘90s. Erika W. Smith, refinery29.com, "Can The Low-Carbon Diet Cure Our Climate Crisis?," 7 Jan. 2020 At least one rural Colorado broadband provider is singing the praises of the FCC’s recently rolled out Alternative Connect America Cost Model. Joe Rubino, The Denver Post, "Up to Speed? Time, money, maps and the push for 100% broadband in rural Colorado," 29 Dec. 2019 Participants in all Post chats are anonymous, and some of his chatters, for example, will claim to be diners off the street singing the praises of an eatery that the critic suspects they are actually affiliated with. Washington Post, "The woman claiming she caught her husband cheating in a restaurant-review photo admits: She lied.," 14 Dec. 2019 Just as importantly, TLGV has mounted a long running campaign that sings the praises of the region. Denise Coffey, courant.com, "TLGV Celebrates 25 Years," 4 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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22 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Praise.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/praise. Accessed 26 Feb. 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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