What does Praise mean?

Definitions for Praise

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. praise, congratulations, kudos, extolmentnoun

    an expression of approval and commendation

    "he always appreciated praise for his work"

  2. praiseverb

    offering words of homage as an act of worship

    "they sang a hymn of praise to God"

  3. praiseverb

    express approval of

    "The parents praised their children for their academic performance"


  1. praisenoun

    commendation; favorable representation in words.

  2. praisenoun


  3. praiseverb

    To give praise to.

  4. Etymology: From praisen, from praisier, from pretiare from pretium "price, worth, reward". See prize. Replaced native loven (from lofian, compare and lof), herien (from herian), rosen (from hrosa).

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. PRAISEnoun

    Etymology: prijs, Dutch.

    Best of fruits, whose taste has taught
    The tongue, not made for speech, to speak thy praise. John Milton.

    Lucan, content with praise, may lie at ease
    In costly grotts and marble palaces;
    But to poor Bassus what avails a name,
    To starve on compliments and empty fame. Dryden.

    He hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God. Psalm xl. 3.

    To God glory and praise. John Milton.

    Praiseworthy actions are by thee embrac’d;
    And ’tis my praise to make thy praises last. Dryden.

  2. To Praiseverb

    Etymology: prijsen, Dutch.

    Will God incense his ire
    For such a petty trespass, and not praise
    Rather your dauntless virtue. John Milton.

    We praise not Hector, though his name we know
    Is great in arms; ’tis hard to praise a foe. Dryden.

    The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen. Luke ii. 20.

    One generation shall praise thy works to another, and declare thy mighty works. Psalm cxlv. 4.

    Their touch’d their golden harps, and hymning prais’d God and his works. John Milton.


  1. Praise

    Praise as a form of social interaction expresses recognition, reassurance or admiration. Praise is expressed verbally as well as by body language (facial expression and gestures). Verbal praise consists of a positive evaluations of another's attributes or actions, where the evaluator presumes the validity of the standards on which the evaluation is based.As a form of social manipulation, praise becomes a form of reward and furthers behavioral reinforcement by conditioning. The influence of praise on an individual can depend on many factors, including the context, the meanings the praise may convey, and the characteristics and interpretations of the recipient. While praise may share some predictive relationships (both positive and negative) with tangible (material) rewards, praise tends to be less salient and expected, conveys more information about competence, and is typically given more immediately after the desired behavior.Praise is distinct from acknowledgement or feedback (more neutral forms of recognition) and from encouragement (expressedly future-oriented).Praise is given across social hierarchy, and both within the ingroup and towards an outgroup; it is an important aspect in the regulation of social hierarchy and the maintenance of group cohesion, influencing the potential for political action and social upheaval. When given by a dominant individual it takes the form of recognition and reassurance; when given by a submissive to a dominant individual it takes the form of deference, admiration or exultation, or deification. Praise of gods may form part of religious rites and practices (see for example prayer of praise and praise and worship).


  1. praise

    Praise can be defined as expressing approval, admiration, or commendation toward someone or something for their excellence, achievements, qualities, or actions. It involves acknowledging and highlighting the positive attributes and accomplishments of another person or entity. Praise can be given verbally, through written communication, or demonstrated through actions or gestures.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Praise

    to commend; to applaud; to express approbation of; to laud; -- applied to a person or his acts

  2. Praise

    to extol in words or song; to magnify; to glorify on account of perfections or excellent works; to do honor to; to display the excellence of; -- applied especially to the Divine Being

  3. Praise

    to value; to appraise

  4. Praise

    commendation for worth; approval expressed; honor rendered because of excellence or worth; laudation; approbation

  5. Praise

    especially, the joyful tribute of gratitude or homage rendered to the Divine Being; the act of glorifying or extolling the Creator; worship, particularly worship by song, distinction from prayer and other acts of worship; as, a service of praise

  6. Praise

    the object, ground, or reason of praise


  1. Praise

    Praise is the act of making positive statements about a person, object or idea, either in public or privately. Praise is typically, but not exclusively, earned relative to achievement and accomplishment. Praise is often contrasted with criticism, where the latter is held to mean exclusively negative statements made about something, although this is not technically correct.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Praise

    prāz, n. the expression of the honour or value in which any person or thing is held: commendation on account of excellence or beauty: tribute of gratitude: a glorifying, as of God in worship: reason or ground of praise.—v.t. to express estimation of: to commend: to honour: to glorify, as in worship.—n. Prais′er, one who praises.—adv. Praise′worthily.—n. Praise′worthiness.—adj. Praise′worthy, worthy of praise: commendable. [O. Fr. preis (Fr. prix)—L. pretium, price.]

Editors Contribution

  1. praise

    An expression of positive approval.

    We love to praise the children to encourage and motivate them, it works, we as adults like to be praised.

    Submitted by MaryC on July 28, 2020  

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British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Praise' in Nouns Frequency: #2553

  2. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Praise' in Verbs Frequency: #850

Anagrams for Praise »

  1. paries

  2. Persia

  3. spirea

  4. aspire

  5. sirpea

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Praise in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Praise in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of Praise in a Sentence

  1. Marcus Aurelius:

    But look at how soon we’re all forgotten. The abyss of endless time that swallows it all. The emptiness of all those applauding hands. The people who praise us - how capricious they are, how arbitrary. And the tiny region in which it all takes place. The whole earth a point in space - and most of it uninhabited.

  2. Christopher Morley:

    God made man merely to hear some praise of what he'd done on those Five Days.

  3. Jesse Lair:

    Praise is like sunlight to the human spirit we cannot flower and grow without it.

  4. Joe Biden:

    It's a mischaracterization of my position across the board: I did not praise racists. That is not true, if we want to have this campaign litigated on who supports civil rights and whether I did or not, I'm happy to do that.

  5. Simms:

    Neither praise nor blame is the object of true criticism. Justly to discriminate, firmly to establish, wisely to proscribe, and honestly to award - these are the true aims and duties of criticism.

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    the region of the body of a vertebrate between the thorax and the pelvis
    A plantation
    B perusal
    C abdomen
    D directory

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