praise

[ preyz ]
/ preɪz /

noun

the act of expressing approval or admiration; commendation; laudation.
the offering of grateful homage in words or song, as an act of worship: a hymn of praise to God.
the state of being approved or admired: The king lived in praise for many years.
Archaic. a ground for praise, or a merit.

verb (used with object), praised, prais·ing.

to express approval or admiration of; commend; extol.
to offer grateful homage to (God or a deity), as in words or song.

Idioms

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

Origin of praise

1175–1225; (v.) Middle English preisen < Old French preisier to value, prize < Late Latin pretiāre, derivative of Latin pretium price, worth, reward; (noun) Middle English, derivative of the v.; see prize2

Related forms

Synonym study

5. See approve.
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British Dictionary definitions for praise

praise

/ (preɪz) /

noun

verb (tr)

to express commendation, admiration, etc, for
to proclaim or describe the glorious attributes of (a deity) with homage and thanksgiving

Derived Forms

praiser, noun

Word Origin for praise

C13: from Old French preisier, from Late Latin pretiāre to esteem highly, from Latin pretium prize; compare prize ², precious
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Idioms and Phrases with praise

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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