- 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.
- sing someone's praises, to praise someone publicly and enthusiastically: He is always singing his wife's praises.
Origin of praise
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Examples from the Web for praising
Half of our music and all of our dancing is just about worshipping, praising, staring at and waxing poetic about the human ass.Kim Kardashian Bares Her Shiny, Bounteous Butt, Breaks the Internet
November 12, 2014
Political ads demonizing some politicians and praising others play on as an older man sips his Colt 45.Gary, Indiana Is a Serial Killer’s Playground
October 22, 2014
Knocking—or praising—schools for their share of Pell Grant recipients really is rearranging the deck chairs here.When Diversity Fails the Poor
September 28, 2014
“I saw many signs of hope,” he said, praising health care workers working around the clock to contain the disease.CDC: 'Window Is Closing' on Containing Ebola
September 2, 2014
About praising and embracing the booty in all of its forms, the song, in a way, could be seen as an opus of sorts for Minaj.Nicki Minaj’s Ass-tastic ‘Anaconda’ Video and the Curse of the Butt Career
August 21, 2014
When we only spoil you by praising and quoting everything you say.Malbone
Thomas Wentworth Higginson
Nobody scarce doth any good, yet they all agree in praising those who do.Joseph Andrews, Vol. 2
You've been praising me for the last ten minutes and I find your style detestable.The Greater Inclination
Such is their manner of praising the one and censuring the other.
Yes, he said; the States are as bad as the men; and I am very far from praising them.
- 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
Word Origin and History for praising
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.
early 14c., not common until 16c., from praise (v.).
Idioms and Phrases with praising
In addition to the idiom beginning with praise
- praise to the skies
- damn with faint praise
- sing someone's praises