- The definition of praise is communication about someone's good work or qualities.
An example of praise is a letter of commendation for public service.
- Praise is defined as to give someone approval, or to thank God.
- To give a very good job performance review is an example of praise.
- To sing a lively hymn is an example of praise.
- Obs. to set a price on; appraise
- to commend the worth of; express approval or admiration of
- to laud the glory of (God, etc.), as in song; glorify; extol
Origin of praiseMiddle English praisen ; from Old French preisier ; from Late Latin pretiare ; from Classical Latin pretium, worth, price
- a praising or being praised; commendation or glorification
- Archaic a reason or basis for praise
Origin of praiseas in “Praise be to God!”
sing someone's praises
- Expression of approval, commendation, or admiration.
- The extolling or exaltation of a deity, ruler, or hero.
- Archaic A reason for praise; merit.
transitive verbpraised, prais·ing, prais·es
- To express warm approval of, commendation for, or admiration for.
- To express a feeling of veneration or gratitude to (a deity); worship or glorify.
Origin of praiseMiddle English preise, from preisen, to praise, from Old French preisier, from Late Latin pretiare, to prize, from Latin pretium, price; see per-5 in Indo-European roots.
See also honors and regalia.dyslogy a written or spoken passage conveying disapproval or censure. Cf. eulogy. —dyslogist, n. —dyslogistic, dyslogistical, adj. encomium formal praise; an elaborate or ceremonial panegyric or eulogy. —encomiast, n. —encomiastic, adj. eulogy a written or spoken passage conveying approval, praise, and laudation, often of someone who has just died. Cf. dyslogy —eulogistic, eulogistical, adj. —eulogist, n. panegyric 1. a formal speech of praise. 2. any form of enthusiastic praise. —panegyric, panegyrical, adj. —panegyrist, n.
(third-person singular simple present praises, present participle praising, simple past and past participle praised)
- To give praise to.
From Middle English praisen, preisen, from Old French praisier, preisier (“to value, prize"), from Late Latin pretiare (“to value, prize") from price, worth, reward. See prize. Replaced native Middle English lofen, loven (“to praise") (from Old English lofian, compare Old English and Middle English lof (“praise")), Middle English herien (“to praise, glorify, celebrate") (from Old English herian), Middle English rosen (“to praise, glorify") (from Old Norse hrÃ³sa).