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 Former host Jon Stewart also joined in the mud-slinging, and Cruz once again succumbed to his unwavering need to praise almost any celebrity that dares interact with him. Abigail Rosenthal, Chron, "A running list of everyone mad at Ted Cruz in 2021," 29 Apr. 2021 Public responses on Twitter ranged from calls to boycott the pub to praise for the pub owner's position. Chris Mayhew, The Enquirer, "'Linnie's has never been busier': Cincinnati pub owner talks about reactions to LeBron James," 27 Apr. 2021 The first-term Democratic governor went so far as to praise the first round of census figures released Monday that showed Illinois’ population dropping less than critics had feared. Rick Pearson, chicagotribune.com, "Pritzker chastises GOP for failing to collaborate on new legislative maps and cheers census data showing smaller population loss than many feared," 27 Apr. 2021 QazVac may have given Tokayev an opportunity to praise Kazakhstan's scientific prowess, but production remains a bottleneck. David Meyer, Fortune, "A new vaccine on the scene: Kazakhstan begins rollout of homegrown QazVac," 26 Apr. 2021 While reform advocates praise Gascón's push to rethink the district attorney's office and the role of prosecutors within communities, some of his deputies view the sweeping changes as contrary to standing law. NBC News, "Los Angeles D.A. was voted into office on pledge to reform the system, but critics say he's going too far," 24 Apr. 2021 The language that had once been used by economic boosters to praise the state’s natural resources now attracted sightseers. Brian Smale, Smithsonian Magazine, "A vintage guidebook inspires a quirky trip through Oregon, from a wilderness lodge to a Gilded Age saloon to a town hidden underground," 22 Apr. 2021 This song seems like a great choice for Ava — showing off that elegant side the judges always praise while keeping some of her quirkiness intact, but the whole thing feels a little... sedated. Maggie Fremont, EW.com, "American Idol recap: Lionel Richie performs one of his own to kick off Oscar-nominated songs night," 19 Apr. 2021 Before casting his ballot, Antonio Frietze, a religion teacher at nearby Central Catholic High School, also swung by to praise the mayor. Joshua Fechter, San Antonio Express-News, "Bexar County sets record for first-day voter turnout in a May election," 19 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Griffin did offer some praise for Mond, who finished his career at Texas A&M as the program's all-time leader in total offense (11,270), passing yards (9,661), passing touchdowns (71), completions (801) and attempts (1,358). Lorenzo Reyes, USA TODAY, "'Collecting checks': Robert Griffin III takes shot Kirk Cousins after Vikings drafted a QB," 1 May 2021 In its response to CNN, al Qaeda's spokesperson heaps praise on the Taliban for keeping the fight against America alive. Nic Robertson And Saleem Mehsud, CNN, "Al Qaeda promises 'war on all fronts' against America as Biden pulls out of Afghanistan," 30 Apr. 2021 Read on for the best walking sandals that fit Dr. Cunha's recommendations and earn high praise from Amazon shoppers. Rebecca Deczynski, Health.com, "The 10 Best Pairs of Walking Sandals for All-Day Comfort, According to Reviews," 30 Apr. 2021 The drama has received positive reviews, with Winslet and her costars, including Jean Smart, earning praise for rescuing a beloved regional accent from pop culture oblivion. Meredith Blake Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "How Kate Winslet mastered the near-impossible accent TV fans can’t stop talking about," 29 Apr. 2021 Even with the mercurial Trump, Scott received nothing but praise. Trish Turner, ABC News, "Sen. Tim Scott is expected to deliver a hopeful speech on GOP values," 28 Apr. 2021 Vele had four catches for 66 yards in the April 17 spring game, while drawing praise from Kyle Whittingham (Photo courtesy of University of Utah Athletics) Devaughn Vele, shown in practice during preseason camp in August. Josh Newman, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Utah has some needs at wide receiver. Devaughn Vele stepped up to meet them with a big spring.," 27 Apr. 2021 As Zhao’s Nomadland cleaned up early in the awards circuit, state media and Chinese netizens piled on praise. Eamon Barrett, Fortune, "Beijing’s censorship of Chloe Zhao’s Oscar win could spell trouble for Marvel’s next blockbuster," 27 Apr. 2021 Daniel Kaluuya, who won best supporting actor for Judas and the Black Messiah, deserves speech praise. Henry Devries, Forbes, "How To Be A Better Speaker Like Oscar Winners Tyler Perry, Frances McDormand And Chloé Zhao," 27 Apr. 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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3 May 2021

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“Praise.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/praise. Accessed 7 May. 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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