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[preyz] /preɪz/
the act of expressing approval or admiration; commendation; laudation.
the offering of grateful homage in words or song, as an act of worship:
a hymn of praise to God.
the state of being approved or admired:
The king lived in praise for many years.
Archaic. a ground for praise, or a merit.
verb (used with object), praised, praising.
to express approval or admiration of; commend; extol.
to offer grateful homage to (God or a deity), as in words or song.
sing someone's praises, to praise someone publicly and enthusiastically:
He is always singing his wife's praises.
Origin of praise
1175-1225; (v.) Middle English preisen < Old French preisier to value, prize < Late Latin pretiāre, derivative of Latin pretium price, worth, reward; (noun) Middle English, derivative of the v.; see prize2
Related forms
praiseful, adjective
praisefully, adverb
praiseless, adjective
praiser, noun
half-praised, adjective
half-praising, adjective
outpraise, verb (used with object), outpraised, outpraising.
repraise, verb (used with object), repraised, repraising.
self-praise, noun
self-praising, adjective
superpraise, noun, verb (used with object), superpraised, superpraising.
unpraised, adjective
unpraiseful, adjective
unpraising, adjective
1. acclamation, plaudit, applause, approbation, compliment. 2. encomium, eulogy, panegyric. 5. laud, applaud, eulogize. See approve. 6. glorify, exalt, honor.
1. condemnation. 5. depreciate. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for praising
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  • In fact, I never heard George praising the Communists' doctrine even, you know, talking about it in several ways.

    Warren Commission (8 of 26): Hearings Vol. VIII (of 15) The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
  • They were cheering her, and praising her work—for it was the tape she had run against.

    A Little Miss Nobody Amy Bell Marlowe
  • A dependant was praising his patron for many virtues which he did not possess.

    The Jest Book Mark Lemon
  • You hear how he is praising him for what he has done to-night.

    The Hour and the Man Harriet Martineau
  • It is a great sign of mediocrity always to be moderate in praising.

    Classic French Course in English William Cleaver Wilkinson
British Dictionary definitions for praising


the act of expressing commendation, admiration, etc
the extolling of a deity or the rendering of homage and gratitude to a deity
the condition of being commended, admired, etc
(archaic) the reason for praise
sing someone's praises, to commend someone highly
verb (transitive)
to express commendation, admiration, etc, for
to proclaim or describe the glorious attributes of (a deity) with homage and thanksgiving
Derived Forms
praiser, noun
Word Origin
C13: from Old French preisier, from Late Latin pretiāre to esteem highly, from Latin pretium prize; compare prize², precious
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Word Origin and History for praising



c.1300, "to laud, commend, flatter," from Old French preisier, variant of prisier "to praise, value," from Late Latin preciare, earlier pretiare (see price (n.)). Replaced Old English lof, hreþ.

Specifically with God as an object from late 14c. Related: Praised; praising. Now a verb in most Germanic languages (German preis, Danish pris, etc.), but only in English is it differentiated in form from cognate price.


early 14c., not common until 16c., from praise (v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Idioms and Phrases with praising


In addition to the idiom beginning with
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