[ preyz ]
/ preɪz /
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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.
verb (used with object), praised, prais·ing.
to express approval or admiration of; commend; extol.
to offer grateful homage to (God or a deity), as in words or song.
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Idioms about praise
sing someone's praises, to praise someone publicly and enthusiastically: He is always singing his wife's praises.
Origin of praise
synonym study for praise
5. See approve.
OTHER WORDS FROM praise
praiseful, adjectivepraise·ful·ly, adverbpraiseless, adjectivepraiser, noun
half-praised, adjectivehalf-praising, adjectiveoutpraise, verb (used with object), out·praised, out·prais·ing.re·praise, verb (used with object), re·praised, re·prais·ing.self-praise, nounself-praising, 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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British Dictionary definitions for praise
/ (preɪz) /
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
Derived forms of praisepraiser, 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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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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