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

It’s used sometimes as an honorific, to praise directors with a strong artistic mark, and sometimes merely as a description, to suggest that directors bear the ultimate responsibility for a movie’s quality (or lack of it). Richard Brody, The New Yorker, "The Truffaut Essays That Clear Up Misguided Notions of Auteurism," 8 June 2019 After finishing his answer, the 13-year NBA veteran took one final opportunity to praise the youngster. Steve Gardner, USA TODAY, "Raptors' Kyle Lowry ponders 'icon' status after question from kid reporter," 8 June 2019 The British managed to get in a few subtle digs of their own, with the queen and Mrs May going out of their way to praise the role of international institutions, which Mr Trump has criticised or in some cases abandoned. The Economist, "Donald Trump’s visit to Britain goes well—at least for him," 6 June 2019 The show has been praised by residents of the former U.S.S.R. for its granular attention to detail, and for contextualizing the disaster and its aftermath within the Soviet mentality. Elena Nicolaou, refinery29.com, ""The Truth Isn't A Game:" Chernobyl Creator Craig Mazin On What The Year's Most Powerful Show Can Teach Us," 5 June 2019 The award from the Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration was praised by Ivey, U.S. senators Richard Shelby and Doug Jones and U.S. Rep. Bradley Byrne. al.com, "$2.9 million grant boosts Thomasville medical facility," 4 June 2019 Since the introduction of Mandy Mouse to Peppa’s playgroup, many have taken to Twitter to praise the show for its positive disability representation. Molly Kay, Teen Vogue, ""Peppa Pig" Introducing Mandy Mouse Is a Major Moment for Disability Representation," 30 May 2019 Since the show aired on OWN, people have taken to social media to praise the couple for their honesty and for bringing attention to this incredibly personal subject. Krystin Arneson, Glamour, "Gabrielle Union and Dwyane Wade Opened Up to Oprah About Their Infertility Struggle," 9 Dec. 2018 Fans quickly took to social media to praise Middleton's shorter, sleeker new chop. Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Middleton Came Back From Maternity Leave With A Fresh New Haircut," 2 Oct. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo deserves praise for proposing an Unalienable Rights Commission to help guide American human-rights policy. Aaron Rhodes, WSJ, "Pompeo Tries to Rescue the Idea of Human Rights," 10 June 2019 These sisters are affectionate and thrive on attention, patience and praise. Boys & Girls Aid, oregonlive.com, "Amelia, 5, and Lilly, 4, will thrive in a high-energy, encouraging family: A Home of Their Own," 8 June 2019 Lots of praise and attention will be given to Streep, but in many ways, the Oscar-winning actress is incidental to the success of Season 2. Kelly Lawler, USA TODAY, "Review: 'Big Little Lies' Season 2 is almost as exquisite as the original," 7 June 2019 Send your thoughts, questions, praise and corrections to newsletters@dallasnews.com. Jamie Hancock, Dallas News, "Red light cameras' fate, Abbott's denial, Ted Cruz on Mexico tariffs, Robert E. Lee statue sold," 6 June 2019 Likelihood rating: 6/10 Wolverhampton Wanderers earned a huge amount of praise last season, and plenty of credit has to go to Nuno Espirito Santo. SI.com, "6 Candidates to Replace Maurizio Sarri as Chelsea Manager if He Leaves for Juventus," 5 June 2019 While steadfastly disagreeing with de Blasio’s bashing of the fur industry at home and praise for biofuels in Iowa, Cownie is not ready to walk away from his working relationship with the mayor of New York. Henry Goldman, Fortune, "Will Bill de Blasio's Backing a NYC Fur Ban Harm His Presidential Bid?," 5 June 2019 While small, the quarters are cozy and allowed me to hear the near-unanimous praise of the food coming out of Eatz’s kitchen. Lindsey Mcclave, The Courier-Journal, "This Vietnamese restaurant in Louisville is about to be your new favorite," 5 June 2019 Over the years, Vuong has garnered some of the highest literary praise for his poetry. Kat Chow, The Atlantic, "Going Home With Ocean Vuong," 4 June 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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More Definitions for praise

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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