Praise Praise, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Praised}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Praising}.] [OE. preisen, OF. preisier, prisier, F. priser, L. pretiare to prize, fr. pretium price. See {Price}, n., and cf. {Appreciate}, {Praise}, n., {Prize}, v.] 1. To commend; to applaud; to express approbation of; to laud; -- applied to a person or his acts. ``I praise well thy wit.'' --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

Let her own works praise her in the gates. --Prov. xxxi. 31. [1913 Webster]

We praise not Hector, though his name, we know, Is great in arms; 't is hard to praise a foe. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

2. To extol in words or song; to magnify; to glorify on account of perfections or excellent works; to do honor to; to display the excellence of; -- applied especially to the Divine Being. [1913 Webster]

Praise ye him, all his angels; praise ye him, all his hosts! --Ps. cxlviii. 2. [1913 Webster]

3. To value; to appraise. [Obs.] --Piers Plowman. [1913 Webster]

Syn: To commend; laud; eulogize; celebrate; glorify; magnify.

Usage: To {Praise}, {Applaud}, {Extol}. To praise is to set at high price; to applaud is to greet with clapping; to extol is to bear aloft, to exalt. We may praise in the exercise of calm judgment; we usually applaud from impulse, and on account of some specific act; we extol under the influence of high admiration, and usually in strong, if not extravagant, language. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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