Meaning of praise


Praise means “admiration or approval,” and when you’re on the receiving end of it, you feel great.

Whether it’s used as a verb or a noun, praise means “approval.” If you enthusiastically praise your dog, he’s likely to wag his tail and expect a treat. What you’ve given him (in addition to the treat) is praise, the noun. In a religious context, the verb praise is interchangeable with worship, as when a minister says, “Praise God.”

Definitions of praise
  1. noun

    an expression of approval and commendation

    “he always appreciated
    praise for his work”

    congratulations, extolment, kudos

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    an exaggerated expression (usually of praise)
    encomium, eulogy, paean, panegyric, pean

    a formal expression of praise
    eulogium, eulogy

    a formal expression of praise for someone who has died recently
    good word, recommendation, testimonial

    something that recommends (or expresses commendation of) a person or thing as worthy or desirable

    a remark (or act) expressing praise and admiration
    character, character reference, reference

    a formal recommendation by a former employer to a potential future employer describing the person’s qualifications and dependability

    exaggerated praise (as for promotional purposes)

    a compliment that I heard about you that I offer to trade for a compliment you have heard about me

    excessive or insincere praise
    fulsomeness, smarm, unction

    excessive but superficial compliments given with affected charm
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    approval, commendation

    a message expressing a favorable opinion

  2. noun

    offering words of homage as an act of worship

    “they sang a hymn of
    praise to God”
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    a shout or song of praise to God
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    the activity of worshipping

  3. verb

    express approval of

    “The parents
    praised their children for their academic performance”
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    criticise, criticize, knock, pick apart

    find fault with; express criticism of; point out real or perceived flaws

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    praise or celebrate in song

    express commendation of

    express approval of
    exalt, extol, glorify, laud, proclaim

    praise, glorify, or honor
    blandish, flatter

    praise somewhat dishonestly
    eulogise, eulogize

    praise formally and eloquently
    compliment, congratulate

    say something to someone that expresses praise
    gush, rave

    praise enthusiastically

    express approval of
    commend, recommend

    express a good opinion of
    advertise, advertize, promote, push

    make publicity for; try to sell (a product)
    puff, puff up

    praise extravagantly

    praise in a sonnet

    use flattering talk on somebody

    show approval or good wishes by shouting
    canonise, canonize

    treat as a sacred person

    exalt to the skies; lift to the skies or to heaven with praise
    crack up

    rhapsodize about

    praise by singing a hymn
    acclaim, hail, herald

    praise vociferously

    flatter in an obsequious manner

    treat gingerly or carefully
    bootlick, fawn, kotow, kowtow, suck up, toady, truckle

    try to gain favor by cringing or flattering
    brown-nose, butter up

    flatter with the intention of getting something
    propagandise, propagandize

    spread by propaganda

    make a plug for; praise the qualities or in order to sell or promote

    advertise especially by posters or placards
    agitate, campaign, crusade, fight, press, push

    exert oneself continuously, vigorously, or obtrusively to gain an end or engage in a crusade for a certain cause or person; be an advocate for
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    appraise, assess, evaluate, measure, valuate, value

    evaluate or estimate the nature, quality, ability, extent, or significance of

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