- To commend; to applaud; to express approbation of; to laud; -- applied to a person or his acts."I praisewell thy wit." [Chaucer.]"Let her own works praise her in the gates." [Prov. xxxi. 31.]"We praise not Hector, though his name, we know, Is great in arms; 't is hard to praise a foe." [Dryden.]
- 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." Praise ye him, all his angels; praise ye him, all his hosts!" [Ps. cxlviii. 2.]
- To value; to appraise.(Obs)synonyms: 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.
Etymology: OE. preisen, OF. preisier prisier, F. priser, L. pretiare to prize, fr. pretium price. See Price (n.), and cf. Appreciate Praise (n.) Prize (v.)