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[ preyz ]


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

    Synonyms: compliment, approbation, applause, plaudit, acclamation

    Antonyms: condemnation

  2. the offering of grateful homage in words or song, as an act of worship:

    a hymn of praise to God.

    Synonyms: panegyric, eulogy, encomium

  3. the state of being approved or admired:

    The king lived in praise for many years.

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

verb (used with object)

, praised, prais·ing.
  1. to express approval or admiration of; commend; extol.

    Synonyms: eulogize, applaud, laud

    Antonyms: depreciate

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

    Synonyms: honor, exalt, glorify


/ 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
  3. the condition of being commended, admired, etc
  4. archaic.
    the reason for praise
  5. sing someone's praises
    to commend someone highly
“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


  1. to express commendation, admiration, etc, for
  2. to proclaim or describe the glorious attributes of (a deity) with homage and thanksgiving
“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
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Derived Forms

  • ˈpraiser, noun
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Other Words From

  • praiseful adjective
  • praiseful·ly adverb
  • praiseless adjective
  • praiser noun
  • half-praised adjective
  • half-praising adjective
  • outpraise verb (used with object) outpraised outpraising
  • re·praise verb (used with object) repraised repraising
  • self-praise noun
  • self-praising adjective
  • super·praise noun verb (used with object) superpraised superpraising
  • un·praised adjective
  • un·praiseful adjective
  • un·praising adjective
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Word History and Origins

Origin of praise1

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” ( price ); noun derivative of the verb
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Word History and Origins

Origin of praise1

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

  1. sing someone's praises, to praise someone publicly and enthusiastically:

    He is always singing his wife's praises.

More idioms and phrases containing praise

In addition to the idiom beginning with praise , also see damn with faint praise ; sing someone's praises .
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Synonym Study

See approve.
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Example Sentences

His success in Syria drew public praise for GRU officers from Putin in 2016, with Kostyukov seated beside him.

From 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.

From 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.

From Ozy

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.

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.

Noticeably absent are the multiple award nominations and high praise from critics.

As such it is now presented to the public for whatever meed of praise or censure it is found to deserve.

Nations shall declare his wisdom, and the church shall shew forth his praise.

Man's enthusiasm in praise of a fellow mortal, is soon damped by the original sin of his nature—rebellious pride!

One of the first out-goings of admiration towards form is the child's praise of "tiny" things.

The works of God are exceedingly glorious and wonderful: no man is able sufficiently to praise him.


Definitions and idiom definitions from Unabridged, based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

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prairillonPraise God, from whom all blessings flow