Definition of praise in English:


Syllabification: praise
Pronunciation: /prāz


[with object]
  • 1Express warm approval or admiration of: we can’t praise Chris enough—he did a brilliant job
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    • People appreciate and praise her, are warmed by her smile and nourished by her soup.
    • Widely praised by the critics, Paul has developed a distinctive voice and shows great potential.
    • Its dedicated team cannot be praised enough for all that it has achieved and what it continues to strive for.
  • 1.1Express one’s respect and gratitude toward (a deity), especially in song: we praise God for past blessings
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    • When we have a good destiny, filled with joy and happiness, wealth and prosperity, we rejoice and praise the deity we worship.
    • Since the age of 11, he has been holding programmes where he sings songs praising the Goddess.
    • Of course, senility will come soon, and I praise the Goddess it has held off until now.
    worship, glorify, honor, exalt, adore, pay tribute to, give thanks to, venerate, reverence
    formal laud
    archaic magnify


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praise be

archaic Used as an expression of relief, joy, or gratitude.
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  • Above all, there has been a pleasing impression of pace and simplicity about the play of those under him with, praise be, scant suggestion of backs with furrowed brows playing by numbers.
  • What he didn't do, praise be, was to make the mistake of too many coaches in too many sports and give victory the dreaded epithet of ‘an answer to our critics’.
  • And a short summary of what the guests have to say is, praise be, subsequently posted on the web site.

sing the praises of

Express enthusiastic approval or admiration of (someone or something): Uncle Felix never stopped singing her praises
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  • As she made her way to the airport on Monday she could not stop singing the praises of St Lucia.
  • I instantly received e-mails singing the praises of almost every model by every manufacturer out there, and I'm sure most of them would have been fine.
  • It's time to sing the praises of all those unsung heroes of Swindon!



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  • The architecture critic hints at the design's shortcomings in one of the final paragraphs of his praiseful piece: ‘For sure, not everything about this plan is sweetness and roses.’
  • When that day comes I doubt you'll be anything but praiseful of such a ‘courageous judge,’ the forward-thinking philosopher king foisting his or her advanced notions of justice on the unthinking, retrograde masses.
  • What I don't know is what subset of that audience likes said films to be humorless, witless and boring as well, but judging from all the praiseful reviews the film has received, it must be disappointingly large.


Middle English (also in the sense 'set a price on, attach value to'): from Old French preisier 'to prize, praise', from late Latin pretiare, from Latin pretium 'price'. Compare with prize1.

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