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.
to express approval or admiration of; commend; extol.
to offer grateful homage to (God or a deity), as in words or song.
Idioms about praise
sing someone's praises, to praise someone publicly and enthusiastically: He is always singing his wife's praises.
- 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
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How to use praise in a sentence
His success in Syria drew public praise for GRU officers from Putin in 2016, with Kostyukov seated beside him.Spy Wars: The Hidden Foe America Must Defeat to Save Its Democracy | Charu Kasturi | September 13, 2020 | Ozy
He knows this means treats, pets, and praise, so he responds to the command well, she says.
CEPI’s early principles of “equitable access” drew praise from reformers.Oxford’s COVID vaccine deal with AstraZeneca raises concerns about access and pricing | lbelanger225 | August 24, 2020 | Fortune
He also had nothing but praise for his ANC commissioner Randy Downs.
Georgia won widespread praise for its reform drive, and these days it ranks seventh in the World Bank’s ease of doing business list.
American lawmakers were quick to praise the military operation.
Special praise goes to Kudrow for the way she broadened the scope of Valerie Cherish in Season 2.‘The Comeback’ Finale: Give Lisa Kudrow All of the Awards | Kevin Fallon | December 29, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
For the last three decades, he has garnered justifiable praise as one of best pianists in jazz.
Disparagement painted over with the brushstrokes of complimentary praise is still disparagement.Dear White People: Well-Meaning Paternalism Is Still Racist | Chloé Valdary | December 9, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Noticeably absent are the multiple award nominations and high praise from critics.‘No Regrets’: Peter Jackson Says Goodbye to Middle-Earth | Alex Suskind | December 4, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
As such it is now presented to the public for whatever meed of praise or censure it is found to deserve.Tobacco; Its History, Varieties, Culture, Manufacture and Commerce | E. R. Billings.
Nations shall declare his wisdom, and the church shall shew forth his praise.The Bible, Douay-Rheims Version | Various
Man's enthusiasm in praise of a fellow mortal, is soon damped by the original sin of his nature—rebellious pride!The Pastor's Fire-side Vol. 3 of 4 | Jane Porter
One of the first out-goings of admiration towards form is the child's praise of "tiny" things.Children's Ways | James Sully
The works of God are exceedingly glorious and wonderful: no man is able sufficiently to praise him.The Bible, Douay-Rheims Version | Various
British Dictionary definitions for praise
the act of expressing commendation, admiration, etc
the extolling of a deity or the rendering of homage and gratitude to a deity
the condition of being commended, admired, etc
archaic the reason for praise
sing someone's praises to commend someone highly
to express commendation, admiration, etc, for
to proclaim or describe the glorious attributes of (a deity) with homage and thanksgiving
- praiser, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Other Idioms and Phrases with praise
In addition to the idiom beginning with praise
- praise to the skies
- damn with faint praise
- sing someone's praises
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