[ preyz ]
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  1. the act of expressing approval or admiration; commendation; laudation.

  2. the offering of grateful homage in words or song, as an act of worship: a hymn of praise to God.

  1. the state of being approved or admired: The king lived in praise for many years.

  2. Archaic. a ground for praise, or a merit.

verb (used with object),praised, prais·ing.
  1. to express approval or admiration of; commend; extol.

  2. to offer grateful homage to (God or a deity), as in words or song.

Idioms about praise

  1. sing someone's praises, to praise someone publicly and enthusiastically: He is always singing his wife's praises.

Origin of praise

First recorded in 1175–1225; Middle English verb preisen, from Old French preisier “to value, prize,” from Late Latin pretiāre, derivative of Latin pretium “worth, reward” (see price ); noun derivative of the verb

synonym study For praise

5. See approve.

Other words for praise

Opposites for praise

Other words from praise

  • praiseful, adjective
  • praise·ful·ly, adverb
  • praiseless, adjective
  • praiser, noun
  • half-praised, adjective
  • half-praising, adjective
  • outpraise, verb (used with object), out·praised, out·prais·ing.
  • re·praise, verb (used with object), re·praised, re·prais·ing.
  • self-praise, noun
  • self-praising, adjective
  • su·per·praise, noun, verb (used with object), su·per·praised, su·per·prais·ing.
  • un·praised, adjective
  • un·praise·ful, adjective
  • un·prais·ing, adjective

Words Nearby praise Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use praise in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for praise


/ (preɪz) /

  1. the act of expressing commendation, admiration, etc

  2. the extolling of a deity or the rendering of homage and gratitude to a deity

  1. the condition of being commended, admired, etc

  2. archaic the reason for praise

  3. sing someone's praises to commend someone highly

  1. to express commendation, admiration, etc, for

  2. to proclaim or describe the glorious attributes of (a deity) with homage and thanksgiving

Origin of praise

C13: from Old French preisier, from Late Latin pretiāre to esteem highly, from Latin pretium prize; compare prize ², precious

Derived forms of praise

  • praiser, noun

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Other Idioms and Phrases with praise


In addition to the idiom beginning with praise

  • praise to the skies

also see:

  • damn with faint praise
  • sing someone's praises

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