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

That gives extra reason for Musk, who during his China trip praised the nation’s lead in global electric-car production, to begin manufacturing in the country soon while staying in the good graces of the Chinese government. Lisa Dubloomberg, Los Angeles Times, "Musk’s China charm offensive nets Tesla a tax break amid trade war," 2 Sep. 2019 Having travelled all the way to Baku for last season's final, however, away games on some more familiar shores have some praising the draw gods. SI.com, "Twitter Reacts as Manchester United, Arsenal and Wolves Learn Their Europa League Fate," 30 Aug. 2019 Others, though, praised the advertisement as a celebration of Native American culture. Brieanna J. Frank, azcentral, "Dior ad for 'Sauvage' perfume featuring Native American dancer, Johnny Depp draws criticism," 30 Aug. 2019 The company promises up to 15,000 square feet of coverage, and PCMag praises its fast throughput and full set of features (including four gigabit ethernet ports and two USB ports for easy file sharing). Don Melanson, Popular Mechanics, "The Best Wifi Extenders for Blazing Fast Internet at Home," 29 Aug. 2019 The great writers Anton Chekhov and Mikhail Bulgakov praised the Russian doctor as a humanist, an altruist and an enlightener. Maria Danilova, Harper's magazine, "Alternative Medicine," 28 Aug. 2019 The teaching that Isocrates praised was known by Greeks as paideia, a term derived from pais, the Greek word for child. Raquel López, National Geographic, "Did sons and daughters get the same education in ancient Greece?," 28 Aug. 2019 The men could formally sign a deal next month, a victory that is likely to please Mr. Trump, who has repeatedly praised his relationship with Mr. Abe. Michael D. Shear, New York Times, "Trump Aides Slam French for Focusing on ‘Niche Issues’ at G7," 24 Aug. 2019 His tweet drew responses from supporters who praised his mainstream musical tastes. Olivia Sanchez, USA TODAY, "Barack Obama's playlist has a hot girl summer vibe with Lizzo, Beyonce and The Rolling Stones," 24 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Just one day ago, Trump tweeted out promotion and praise for one of Fox's pro-Trump hosts, Jeanine Pirro, who released another Democrat-bashing book on Tuesday. Brian Stelter, CNN, "Trump thinks Fox News isn't doing enough to promote his presidency," 28 Aug. 2019 Weaver was glad to hear praise for Carroll from their colleagues in other counties. Mary Grace Keller, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Carroll commissioners push transportation needs, discuss vet services, express concern about Kirwan proposals," 26 Aug. 2019 Christopher Andrew has praise for the way George Washington would shrewdly, serenely evaluate multiple intelligence sources, rather than relying upon a single spectacular one. Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, "Are Spies More Trouble Than They’re Worth?," 26 Aug. 2019 The production director has nothing but praise for State Farm Stadium. Ed Masley, azcentral, "Take a sneak peek at the Rolling Stones No Filter Tour stage at State Farm Stadium," 25 Aug. 2019 While there has been much praise for the project’s recasting of American history, it has been given a chilly reception by others. Kelley Fanto Deetz, The Conversation, "Setting the historical record straight for the critics of The New York Times project on slavery in America," 23 Aug. 2019 The Jonathan Glazer film was booed by critics at its 2004 Venice premiere, but one can offer nothing but high praise for Kidman’s ability to pull off altar boy hair. Sangeeta Singh-kurtz, Quartzy, "A brief history of Nicole Kidman’s iconic wigs," 22 Aug. 2019 Smith also added high praise for defensive linemen Akiem Hicks and Eddie Goldman, two of the big men up front that make his life easier. Dan Wiederer, chicagotribune.com, "4 things we learned at Bears practice, including Anthony Miller’s development hitting a speed bump and an anniversary for Roquan Smith," 21 Aug. 2019 Tuesday's Intentional Talk episode also featured praise from Rose and Millar for former Cincinnati Reds and current Cleveland Indians outfielder Yasiel Puig for surprising young people battling cancer and chronic illnesses at New York's Camp Simcha. Dave Clark, Cincinnati.com, "Chris Rose's son, Josh, to get 'Miami Ad-Vice' from Kevin Millar on 'Intentional Talk'," 20 Aug. 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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