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Meaning of PRAISE

Pronunciation:  preyz

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  an expression of approval and commendation; "he always appreciated praise for his work"
  2. [n]  offering words of homage as an act of worship; "they sang a hymn of praise to God"
  3. [v]  express praise for

PRAISE is a 6 letter word that starts with P.


 Synonyms: congratulations, kudos
 Antonyms: criticise, criticize, pick apart
 See Also: advertise, advertize, applaud, appraise, approval, assess, blandish, commend, commendation, compliment, compliment, congratulate, encomium, eulogise, eulogize, eulogy, evaluate, exalt, extol, flatter, glorify, good word, gush, hallelujah, laud, measure, paean, panegyric, pean, proclaim, promote, puff, puff up, push, rave, recommend, recommendation, salute, sonnet, superlative, testimonial, troll, valuate, value, worship



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Praise\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Praised}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    {Praising}.] [OE. preisen, OF. preisier, prisier, F. priser,
    L. pretiare to prize, fr. pretium price. See {Price}, n., and
    cf. {Appreciate}, {Praise}, n., {Prize}, v.]
    1. To commend; to applaud; to express approbation of; to
       laud; -- applied to a person or his acts. ``I praise well
       thy wit.'' --Chaucer.
             Let her own works praise her in the gates. --Prov.
                                                   xxxi. 31.
             We praise not Hector, though his name, we know, Is
             great in arms; 't is hard to praise a foe. --Dryden.
    2. 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.
             Praise ye him, all his angels; praise ye him, all
             his hosts!                            --Ps. cxlviii.
    3. To value; to appraise. [Obs.] --Piers Plowman.
    Syn: To commend; laud; eulogize; celebrate; glorify; magnify.
    Usage: To {Praise}, {Applaud}, {Extol}. To praise is to set
           at high price; to applaud is to greet with clapping;
           to extol is to bear aloft, to exalt. We may praise in
           the exercise of calm judgment; we usually applaud from
           impulse, and on account of some specific act; we extol
           under the influence of high admiration, and usually in
           strong, if not extravagant, language.
  2. \Praise\, n. [OE. preis, OF. preis price, worth, value,
    estimation. See {Praise}, v., {Price}.]
    1. Commendation for worth; approval expressed; honor rendered
       because of excellence or worth; laudation; approbation.
             There are men who always confound the praise of
             goodness with the practice.           --Rambler.
    Note: Praise may be expressed by an individual, and thus
          differs from fame, renown, and celebrity, which are
          always the expression of the approbation of numbers, or
          public commendation.
    2. 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.
    3. The object, ground, or reason of praise.
             He is thy praise, and he is thy God.  --Deut. x.??.
    Syn: Encomium; honor; eulogy; panegyric; plaudit; applause;
         acclaim; eclat; commendation; laudation.
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