Definition of praise in English:



[with object]
  • 1Express warm approval or admiration of.

    ‘we can't praise Chris enough—he did a brilliant job’
    • ‘Roosevelt has long been praised for his actions, but let us be clear.’
    • ‘And police today praised the high quality of information from tip-offs which has led to the surge in arrests.’
    • ‘Inspectors also praised the good behaviour of the pupils and their enthusiasm for learning.’
    • ‘How highly can we praise what, at root, is a very nicely executed imitation?’
    • ‘The facility has been widely praised for its work.’
    • ‘But the children have been warmly praised for their sensible actions in passing the information on to school authorities.’
    • ‘Eight youth projects from across the country were praised yesterday for their inspirational qualities at a ceremony in London.’
    • ‘Johnson's work was highly praised by critics and showered with awards.’
    • ‘Its dedicated team cannot be praised enough for all that it has achieved and what it continues to strive for.’
    • ‘The production values of the edition were lavish and were widely praised by reviewers.’
    • ‘Bradford bus chiefs today praised an initiative to curb bad behaviour on school vehicles.’
    • ‘Both films were praised to the skies; and indeed, they are very accomplished.’
    • ‘However, he did praise the efforts of the forwards who never stopped working.’
    • ‘Firefighters praised staff for their swift actions in getting everyone to safety.’
    • ‘Widely praised by the critics, Paul has developed a distinctive voice and shows great potential.’
    • ‘She has praised all who help with the event in any way.’
    • ‘The report has also praised the quality of the service's ensembles, some of which have gained national recognition.’
    • ‘She recalls a performance by a fading opera star who despite a poor performance was praised to the heavens.’
    • ‘People appreciate and praise her, are warmed by her smile and nourished by her soup.’
    • ‘She said the miniature displays had been particularly praised by the judge.’
    commend, express approval of, express admiration for, applaud, pay tribute to, speak highly of, eulogize, compliment, congratulate, celebrate, sing the praises of, praise to the skies, rave about, go into raptures about, heap praise on, wax lyrical about, say nice things about, make much of, pat on the back, take one's hat off to, throw bouquets at, lionize, admire, hail, cheer, flatter
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  • 2Express one's respect and gratitude towards (a deity), especially in song.

    ‘we praise God for past blessings’
    • ‘When we use our limbs in accord with the sacred laws of nature, every action worships and praises the omniscient Divinity in all things.’
    • ‘Of course, senility will come soon, and I praise the Goddess it has held off until now.’
    • ‘It should be followed, as the Prophet recommends, with praising God, and with a prayer by other people.’
    • ‘Overwhelmed by the Spirit, these Gentiles began praising God and even speaking in tongues.’
    • ‘Scripture exhorts us to praise God and we should keep this in mind when we approach this God in prayer.’
    • ‘The rituals shown were just three examples of the many ways we can worship and praise God for his gifts.’
    • ‘When they start their prayer, you may say a little prayer praising God and thanking Him for His grace.’
    • ‘If only a person has eyes through which he can really see, there is a doubtless reality that every particle of this universe glorifies and praises the Almighty, offers his gratitude and bows down before Him.’
    • ‘I praise God that the people responsible have a heart for God's people.’
    • ‘I will continue to praise my God under any authority, left or right.’
    • ‘Its purpose is to worship and praise God and not to be used as a tool to win the unsaved.’
    • ‘We praise God that our professors are giving their services freely.’
    • ‘We glorify him when we praise him, recount his blessings to us, and thank him for them.’
    • ‘Rather, every day is a day of mercy to praise Him for any blessing or every good thing He brings our way.’
    • ‘I could feel myself blushing and silently praising God that it could not be seen.’
    • ‘How welcome were the mornings, in particular the morning a Christian woman came in praising the Lord in song.’
    • ‘Since the age of 11, he has been holding programmes where he sings songs praising the Goddess.’
    • ‘Praise the lord almighty, for things may just be going my way!’
    • ‘Finally, Pentecost reminds us that each day is an opportunity to worship and praise God.’
    • ‘When we have a good destiny, filled with joy and happiness, wealth and prosperity, we rejoice and praise the deity we worship.’
    worship, glorify, honour, exalt, adore, pay tribute to, pay homage to, give thanks to, venerate, reverence, hallow, bless
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mass noun
  • 1The expression of approval or admiration for someone or something.

    ‘the audience was full of praise for the whole production’
    • ‘Results suggest that a self-evaluation intervention had a positive short-term impact on teacher praise.’
    • ‘I'm watching and making tea, offering praise and encouragement.’
    • ‘They were punished when they had done wrong and rewarded where praise was due.’
    • ‘The people came together, the brethren sang praises to God.’
    • ‘Half of the female respondents and both male respondents reported praise from coaches.’
    • ‘Young and old in Bolton welcomed a Royal visitor to town - and earned glowing praise from their VIP guest.’
    • ‘The natural contingencies of the typical classroom undermine frequent teacher praise and strengthen reprimanding behavior.’
    • ‘But most innings ended with smiles from the players and praise from the coaches.’
    • ‘Nothing but praise had ever been uttered about how the Isaacs got along together.’
    • ‘I guess all those praises and admiration finally got to me.’
    • ‘The least satisfactory aspect of the book is that which has received the most fulsome praise from certain critics.’
    • ‘The intense expression on the fox's face as it scratched in the sand won high praise from the judge.’
    • ‘Morocco especially has received lavish praise for its recent efforts and quite rightly so.’
    • ‘The Harvard faculty fell all over themselves offering praise, one after the other, for the retiring president.’
    • ‘But five men deserve special praise for their continued efforts.’
    • ‘However, like most business correspondence, praise comes rarely and complaints come often.’
    • ‘Andrew's effort earned glowing praise from someone at the very top.’
    • ‘The novel received extremely high praise from critics.’
    • ‘Every pro in attendance who analyzed the contest heaped effusive praise on the judges afterward.’
    • ‘His days at Bootham Crescent continued to spark praise from all quarters of the club.’
    approval, acclaim, admiration, approbation, acclamation, plaudits, congratulations, commendation, applause, flattery, adulation
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  • 2The expression of respect and gratitude as an act of worship.

    ‘give praise to God’
    • ‘It will entail habits of prayer, praise and a disciplined life lived for God.’
    • ‘These are prayers of thanksgiving, prayers of praise, and prayers that ask for things.’
    • ‘As you think about Jesus' goodness to you in prayer today, try writing your own hymn or prayer of praise.’
    • ‘As the stars and heavens learn the song of praise and worship, so do the inhabitants of the earth.’
    • ‘You, please, sing the praises of my God, the Fearless.’
    • ‘Though our worship and praise add nothing to God's glory, we know that he takes great delight in it.’
    • ‘Sotho literature is dominated by folktales and praise poems.’
    • ‘The magi balance the equation of the entire cosmos singing praise to God's Word Incarnate.’
    • ‘Prayer, preaching and praise were the only church activities.’
    • ‘What worship is and is for may be at stake in the argument between liturgical and praise worship.’
    • ‘Every morning, before we pray for our needs, we express our praise and gratitude to God.’
    • ‘Together with you and me, and all the ransomed church, they will ascribe constant praise, worship and glory to the King of Kings.’
    • ‘There are two main categories of music: church music and praise songs.’
    • ‘Media content often reminds one of the praise songs typical of many African cultures.’
    • ‘Each day concluded with a Family Rally, consisting of worship, praise and an address.’
    • ‘The convention schedule sets aside time for some serious praise and worship.’
    • ‘On the spiritual plane we are to honour Almighty God with praise for His greatness and glory.’
    • ‘Music is not necessary to win the lost but it is a form of worship and praise to God.’
    • ‘The psalmist had adapted this picture to refer to the spiritual offerings of prayer, praise and proclamation.’
    • ‘We were both raising our hands in praise and worship, shouting and singing to God.’
    honour, thanks, glory, glorification, worship, devotion, exaltation, adoration, veneration, reverence, tribute
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  • praise be

    • archaic Used as an expression of relief, joy, or gratitude.

      ‘‘How is your sister?’ ‘On the mend, praise be.’’
      • ‘In the exodus, I lose my friends and run to catch a bus that arrives, praise be.’
      • ‘Finally, praise be, his wife and I have a common bond.’
      • ‘Above all, there has been a pleasing impression of pace and simplicity about the play of those under him with, praise be, scant suggestion of backs with furrowed brows playing by numbers.’
      • ‘And a short summary of what the guests have to say is, praise be, subsequently posted on the web site.’
      • ‘What he didn't do, praise be, was to make the mistake of too many coaches in too many sports and give victory the dreaded epithet of ‘an answer to our critics’.’
  • sing the praises of

    • Express enthusiastic approval or admiration of.

      ‘Uncle Felix never stopped singing her praises’
      • ‘He sings the praises of George, an elderly goose which has apparently taken a family of young ducklings under his wing and regularly helps shepherd them across the road.’
      • ‘As she made her way to the airport on Monday she could not stop singing the praises of St Lucia.’
      • ‘I instantly received e-mails singing the praises of almost every model by every manufacturer out there, and I'm sure most of them would have been fine.’
      • ‘It's time to sing the praises of all those unsung heroes of Swindon!’
      • ‘I really cannot stop singing the praises of this, the best song of the year.’
      • ‘Today, we are told, is a time to sing the praises of all that is great about being part of the historic county of Yorkshire.’
      • ‘There was a time when we admired genius, a time when we sang the praises of inventors, explorers, scientists, artists, writers and yes, even statesmen.’
      • ‘He sang the praises of all the crew, but particularly the cooks, who worked tirelessly to prepare 31,443 individual meals during the four months at sea.’
      • ‘He barely name-dropped one celebrity, yet he couldn't resist singing the praises of his best friend from school.’
      • ‘Patricia sings the praises of returning to education: ‘I would thoroughly recommend it.’’
      commend, express approval of, express admiration for, applaud, pay tribute to, speak highly of, eulogize, compliment, congratulate, celebrate, sing the praises of, praise to the skies, rave about, go into raptures about, heap praise on, wax lyrical about, say nice things about, make much of, pat on the back, take one's hat off to, throw bouquets at, lionize, admire, hail, cheer, flatter
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Middle English (also in the sense ‘set a price on, attach value to’): from Old French preisier ‘to prize, praise’, from late Latin pretiare, from Latin pretium ‘price’. Compare with prize.