\ 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



Definition of praise (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : an expression of approval : commendation
b : worship
2a : value, merit
b archaic : one that is praised

Other Words from praise


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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The beach essential has thousands of five-star ratings from Amazon shoppers who praise its simple setup, portability, and seriously spacious design in reviews. Rachel Simon,, 6 May 2022 On Sunday, Hill took to Instagram to praise sister Beanie Feldstein's performance in Funny Girl after attending opening night. Natasha Dado,, 25 Apr. 2022 Jada Pinkett Smith, who once wore a glittery see-through dress on the red carpet while pregnant with her son Jaden, recently took to Instagram to praise Rihanna's dramatic pregnancy looks. Whitney Perry, Glamour, 13 Mar. 2022 After the Pro Bowl, Buccaneers star receiver Mike Evans took to social media to praise Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray after the duo connected for a touchdown pass. Jeremy Cluff, The Arizona Republic, 10 Feb. 2022 Sadly, humans are very easily deceived and quick to praise a physical object or ritual for their good fortune, which only sinks those claws of deception deeper. Jonah Bayer, SPIN, 14 Apr. 2022 Greeting a crowd of cinema operators at Caesars Palace, Fithain took a moment to praise the members of the creative community who have thrown support behind the big screen experience. Rebecca Rubin, Variety, 24 Aug. 2021 That movie buff will praise a gift card to catch the latest box office hits, finally. Christian Gollayan, Men's Health, 25 Mar. 2022 The people who have participated in the workouts praise his fitness and abilities. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, 21 Mar. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Psaki, who thanked the press corps during her final briefing Friday, got at that a little bit, albeit in a way that shifted any praise to Biden and his wife, Jill. Bill Goodykoontz, The Arizona Republic, 13 May 2022 Many of the efforts precede those of the Smithsonian, which garnered international praise in March for its plan to repatriate several dozen Benin works in its collection. Peggy Mcglone, Washington Post, 12 May 2022 However, Cooper’s personal life has taken a turn away from the accolades and praise heaped on him professionally. Stacy Permanstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 11 May 2022 The jury appears to be out on whether this latest marketing move is worthy of high praise or ridicule. Hannah Ryan, CNN, 10 May 2022 Many of the people offering effusive praise to Lee were only a few weeks ago infuriated by the government’s inept handling of Hong Kong’s latest pandemic wave, which has left bodies piled in hospitals and frail, elderly patients lying outside them. Timothy Mclaughlin, The Atlantic, 8 May 2022 That is high praise from a five-time W.N.B.A champion, especially since Minnesota was already stacked with elite players, such as Maya Moore, Lindsay Whalen, Seimone Augustus and Brunson. New York Times, 8 May 2022 From its farm-to-table mindset to the sustainable seafood pledge, the estate’s culinary offering is another element that deserves praise for mindful innovation under the visionary leadership of Chef Tod Kawachi. Stephan Rabimov, Forbes, 7 May 2022 The show, which stars John Cena in the title role, also got strong praise upon its release. Joe Otterson, Variety, 3 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of praise


13th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for praise


Middle English preisen, from Anglo-French preiser, priser to appraise, esteem — more at prize

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15 May 2022

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More Definitions for praise


\ 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)



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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