Definition of praise in English:


Line breaks: praise
Pronunciation: /preɪz


[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.


[mass noun] (also praises) Back to top  


praise be

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



More 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.


More 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.


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.

More definitions of praise

Definition of praise in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

Word of the day tortie
Pronunciation: ˈtôrtē
a tortoiseshell cat