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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.
  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.
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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.
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  1. sing someone's praises, to praise someone publicly and enthusiastically: He is always singing his wife's praises.
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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 formspraise·ful, adjectivepraise·ful·ly, adverbpraise·less, adjectiveprais·er, nounhalf-praised, adjectivehalf-prais·ing, adjectiveout·praise, verb (used with object), out·praised, out·prais·ing.re·praise, verb (used with object), re·praised, re·prais·ing.self-praise, nounself-prais·ing, adjectivesu·per·praise, noun, verb (used with object), su·per·praised, su·per·prais·ing.un·praised, adjectiveun·praise·ful, adjectiveun·prais·ing, adjective

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5. See approve.

Antonyms for praise

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Related Words for praised

exalted, flattered, celebrated, blessed, helped, lauded, glorified, aided, worshipped, extolled

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British Dictionary definitions for praised


  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
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verb (tr)
  1. to express commendation, admiration, etc, for
  2. to proclaim or describe the glorious attributes of (a deity) with homage and thanksgiving
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Derived Formspraiser, 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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Word Origin and History for praised



c.1300, "to laud, commend, flatter," from Old French preisier, variant of prisier "to praise, value," from Late Latin preciare, earlier pretiare (see price (n.)). Replaced Old English lof, hreþ.

Specifically with God as an object from late 14c. Related: Praised; praising. Now a verb in most Germanic languages (German preis, Danish pris, etc.), but only in English is it differentiated in form from cognate price.

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early 14c., not common until 16c., from praise (v.).

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with praised


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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