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Inflections of 'praise' (v): (⇒ conjugate)
v 3rd person singular
v pres pverb, present participle: -ing verb used descriptively or to form progressive verb--for example, "a singing bird," "It is singing."
v pastverb, past simple: Past tense--for example, "He saw the man." "She laughed."
v past pverb, past participle: Verb form used descriptively or to form verbs--for example, "the locked door," "The door has been locked."

WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
praise /preɪz/USA pronunciation   n., v.,  praised, prais•ing. 
n. [uncountable]
  1. the act of expressing approval or admiration:Children need praise.
  2. the offering of worship, as to God.

v. [+ object]
  1. to express admiration of;
    commend:praised her for her good work.
  2. to offer worship to (a deity), as in words or song:Let us join together and praise God.
  1. sing one's or someone's praises, to praise (too) highly:You're always singing your own praises, but other people work here, too.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
praise  (prāz),USA pronunciation n., v.,  praised, prais•ing. 
  1. the act of expressing approval or admiration;
  2. the offering of grateful homage in words or song, as an act of worship:a hymn of praise to God.
  3. the state of being approved or admired:The king lived in praise for many years.
  4. [Archaic.]a ground for praise, or a merit.
  5. Idiomssing someone's praises, to praise someone publicly and enthusiastically:He is always singing his wife's praises.

  1. to express approval or admiration of;
  2. to offer grateful homage to (God or a deity), as in words or song.
praiseful, adj. 
praiseful•ly, adv. 
praiseless, adj. 
praiser, n. 
  • Late Latin pretiāre, derivative of Latin pretium price, worth, reward; (noun, nominal) Middle English, derivative of the verb, verbal; see prize2
  • Old French preisier to value, prize
  • (verb, verbal) Middle English preisen 1175–1225
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged acclamation, plaudit, applause, approbation, compliment.
    • 2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged encomium, eulogy, panegyric.
    • 6.See corresponding entry in Unabridged laud, applaud, eulogize. See  approve. 
    • 7.See corresponding entry in Unabridged glorify, exalt, honor.
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged condemnation.
    • 6.See corresponding entry in Unabridged depreciate.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
praise /preɪz/ n
  1. the act of expressing commendation, admiration, etc
  2. the extolling of a deity or the rendering of homage and gratitude to a deity
  3. sing someone's praisesto commend someone highly
vb (transitive)
  1. to express commendation, admiration, etc, for
  2. to proclaim or describe the glorious attributes of (a deity) with homage and thanksgiving
Etymology: 13th Century: from Old French preisier, from Late Latin pretiāre to esteem highly, from Latin pretium prize; compare prize², precious

ˈpraiser n
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Collocations: praise your [children, team, students, employees], [lavish, high, fulsome] praise, praise them for [good grades, high efficiency, responsible behavior], more...

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