American English

Definition of praise noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1(praises [plural]) words that show approval of or admiration for someone or something His teachers are full of praise for the progress he's making. She wrote poems in praise of freedom. His latest movie has won high praise from the critics. We have nothing but praise for the way they handled the investigation. The team coach singled out two players for special praise. She left with their praises ringing in her ears. They always sing his praises (= praise him very highly).
  2. 2the expression of worship to God hymns/songs of praise Praise be (to God)! (= expressing belief or joy)
  3. Idioms
    damn somebody/something with faint praise
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    to praise someone or something only a little, in order to show that you do not really like them/it
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: praise