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Date: 1200-1300
Language: Old French
Origin: preisier, from Late Latin pretiare 'to value highly', from Latin pretium; PRICE1

praise

1 verb
     
praise1 [transitive]
1 to say that you admire and approve of someone or something, especially publicly [≠ criticize]:
Jane was praised by her teacher.
praise somebody/something for (doing) something
The Mayor praised the rescue teams for their courage.
praise somebody/something to the skies (=praise someone or something very much)
2 to give thanks to God and show your respect to Him, especially by singing in a church
3

God/Heaven be praised

also Praise the Lord used to say that you are pleased something has happened and thank God for it
WORD FOCUS: praise WORD FOCUS: praise
similar words: compliment v, n, say good things about

to praise someone a lot: rave about, gush, sing somebody's praises

to praise someone in an insincere way: flatter, butter up

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