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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. Proverb:

    Undeserved praise is mockery disguised.

  2. William Arthur Ward:

    Blessed is he who has learned to admire but not envy, to follow but not imitate, to praise but not flatter, and to lead but not manipulate.

  3. Eric Hoffer:

    It is a sign of a creeping inner death when we no longer can praise the living.

  4. Aeschylus:

    Of all the Gods, Death only craves not gifts: Nor sacrifice, nor yet drink-offering poured Avails; no altars hath he, nor is soothed By hymns of praise. From him alone of all The powers of Heaven Persuasion holds aloof.

  5. Tom Hucker:

    I like Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, I get along with Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan pretty well, but having said that, I think a lot of the praise, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan benefits from stepping over the 1-inch bar that is Donald Trump. When you have the same party as Donald Trump and you don't lie in every statement and engage in racism, you look good by comparison.

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    money demanded for the return of a captured person
    • A. directory
    • B. bowel
    • C. aspiration
    • D. ransom

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