What does praise mean?

Definitions for praise

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word praise.

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.

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. Charlotte Brontë:

    But this I know; the writer who possesses the creative gift owns something of which he is not always master -- something that at times strangely wills and works for itself. If the result be attractive, the World will praise you, who little deserve praise; if it be repulsive, the same World will blame you, who almost as little deserve blame.

  2. Heinrich Heine:

    He only profits from praise who values criticism.

  3. Leonardo DaVinci:

    You do ill if you praise, but worse if you censure, what you do not understand.

  4. Terri Flowers:

    The message is resonating, there have been people who told me, I wasn't going to do it Pastor, but after hearing from you, I decided to go ahead and get vaccinated, so I praise God for that.

  5. Neil Finn, track #12 on his album "Try Whistling This":

    Praise will come to those whose kindness leaves you without debt.

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