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praise

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Pronunciation: /preɪz
 
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Definition of praise in English:

verb

[with object]
1Express warm approval or admiration of: we can’t praise Chris enough—he did a brilliant job
More example sentences
  • 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.
2Express one’s respect and gratitude towards (a deity), especially in song: we praise God for past blessings
More example sentences
  • 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.
Synonyms
worship, glorify, honour, exalt, adore, pay tribute to, pay homage to, give thanks to, venerate, reverence, hallow, bless
archaic magnify
rare laud

noun

[mass noun] (also praises) Back to top  
1The expression of approval or admiration for someone or something: the audience was full of praise for the whole production
More example sentences
  • I guess all those praises and admiration finally got to me.
  • The least satisfactory aspect of the book is that which has received the most fulsome praise from certain critics.
  • The novel received extremely high praise from critics.
Synonyms
North American puffery
North American informal kudos
rare laudation, eulogium
2The expression of respect and gratitude as an act of worship: give praise to God
More example sentences
  • Together with you and me, and all the ransomed church, they will ascribe constant praise, worship and glory to the King of Kings.
  • Though our worship and praise add nothing to God's glory, we know that he takes great delight in it.
  • Music is not necessary to win the lost but it is a form of worship and praise to God.
Synonyms

Origin

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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  • price from (Middle English):

    The medieval word pris, which was from Old French, meant not only ‘price’ but also ‘prize’ and ‘praise’. Over time these three meanings split into three different words. Pris became price, and the meaning ‘praise’ started to be spelled preise and then praise. Originally simply an alternative way of spelling price, prize too became a separate word. The Latin original of the French was pretiem ‘price’ which also lies behind appreciate (mid 18th century), and the related appraise (mid 16th century) and apprize (mid 16th century), all with the basic sense of ‘set a price to’; depreciate (mid 17th century); and precious (Middle English).

Phrases

praise be

1
archaic Used as an expression of relief, joy, or gratitude: ‘How is your sister?’ ‘On the mend, praise be.’
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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

2
Express enthusiastic approval or admiration of: Uncle Felix never stopped singing her praises
More example sentences
  • 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!

Derivatives

praiseful

1
adjective
Example sentences
  • 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.

praiser

2
noun
Example sentences
  • The syntax of the first half of the poem creates a double image for the speaker, the praiser.
  • Petitioners, penitents, praisers, pleaders worldwide - all simultaneously trying to connect.
  • Some time afterwards, I discovered that the phrase meant ‘a praiser of bygone days’ and I was grateful to him, because old temporis acti is a constant temptation to sports scribes, especially those of us who take the overall view.

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