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
In that time, I’ve seen plenty of praise for and prejudice against crowd marketing.Crowd Marketing: Fears, perks and a comprehensive Guide | Sponsored Content: Natural Links | November 20, 2020 | Search Engine Land
Days before roster cuts, Wright leaped to snare a deep pass against tight coverage in practice, drawing praise from Rivera.For undrafted NFL rookies, the odds were even longer this year. Isaiah Wright made it anyway. | Sam Fortier | November 20, 2020 | Washington Post
Even if she was your best friend and you sang her praises when making introductions, all communication beyond that point is strictly between the job seeker and the employer.It’s hard to get rid of a bad boss. Instead, try a ‘soft coup.’ | Karla Miller | November 19, 2020 | Washington Post
There was a lot of technical jargon, some charts without numbers, and videos of power users singing the new processors’ praises.MacBooks get new brains with their first Apple-designed processors | Geoffrey Fowler, Heather Kelly | November 10, 2020 | Washington Post
While the Hoosiers rightfully deserve praise for their latest win in their 3-0 start, Michigan was underwhelming throughout the first half on both sides of the ball.College football winners and losers for Week 10: Florida is fun again and Georgia is done | Patrick Stevens | November 8, 2020 | Washington Post
He praised Rick Santorum, famous for wearing sweater vests in 2012, for running a “fashion forward campaign.”
Critics praised his crooning, even if they regarded it little more than a gimmick.Future Makes Us Rethink Everything We Thought We Knew About Rap Artists | Luke Hopping | December 15, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
In his 2010 evaluation, Wright was praised for “excellent knowledge of RRC rules, regulations and policies.”Two Texas Regulators Tried to Enforce the Rules. They Were Fired. | David Hasemyer, InsideClimate News | December 9, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The President praised Wiliam's efforts to combat illegal wildlife trade, saying: "I think it's very important work."
Even those who have been leading protests against the verdict have praised Donovan.Meet Dan Donovan, the Prosecutor Who Let Eric Garner’s Killer Walk | David Freedlander | December 5, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
This attracted much attention, and the London journals praised the artist.Women in the fine arts, from the Seventh Century B.C. to the Twentieth Century A.D. | Clara Erskine Clement
The guests relished it greatly and Alila's father was praised very much for surprising them with this dainty.Alila, Our Little Philippine Cousin | Mary Hazelton Wade
The action is excellent and the materials employed and the care and workmanship shown throughout cannot be too highly praised.The Recent Revolution in Organ Building | George Laing Miller
Somehow the comparison in his favour was disagreeable—he preferred to hear his cousin praised, but certainly not belittled.The Wave | Algernon Blackwood
We saw the botanical garden so much praised by Humboldt; but it is in sad disorder, having been for some time entirely neglected.Journal of a Voyage to Brazil | Maria Graham
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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