Definition of praise verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

      

    praise

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//preɪz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//preɪz//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they praise
    BrE BrE//preɪz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//preɪz//
     
    he / she / it praises
    BrE BrE//ˈpreɪzɪz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpreɪzɪz//
     
    past simple praised
    BrE BrE//preɪzd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//preɪzd//
     
    past participle praised
    BrE BrE//preɪzd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//preɪzd//
     
    -ing form praising
    BrE BrE//ˈpreɪzɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpreɪzɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1  to express your approval or admiration for somebody/something synonym compliment praise somebody/something She praised his cooking. praise somebody/something for something/for doing something He praised his team for their performance. They were praised by police for reporting the theft. praise somebody/something as something Critics praised the work as highly original.
  2. 2  praise somebody to express your thanks to or your respect for God Praise the Lord. Allah be praised.
  3. Word Origin Middle English (also in the sense ‘set a price on, attach value to’): from Old French preisier ‘to prize, praise’, from late Latin pretiare, from Latin pretium ‘price’. Compare with prize.Extra examples He praised all his staff highly. Her achievements in this field have been rightly praised. Her manager praised her to the skies. She repeatedly praised him and his works. The album has been universally praised for its creativity. The defeated captain was quick to praise the winning team. They praised him for his cooking.Idioms
    praise somebody/something to the skies
     
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    to praise somebody/something a lot
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: praise