Praise v. t. [imp. & p. p. Praised p. pr. & vb. n. Praising.]
1. To commend; to applaud; to express approbation of; to laud; -- applied to a person or his acts. “I praise well thy wit.”
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.
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.
Praise ye him, all his angels; praise ye him, all his hosts! --Ps. cxlviii. 2.
3. To value; to appraise. [Obs.]
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.