To laud someone means to praise them extravagantly — usually in a very public manner. A music critic might laud a new song by calling it the best summer anthem ever created.

The word laud is from the Latin word laudere, meaning "to praise.” To laud someone is to glorify them, or to sing their praises, even if you’re not actually singing. Movie reviewers might laud Oscar-nominated films, and your high school principal might laud the class valedictorian at graduation.

Definitions of laud
  1. verb
    praise, glorify, or honor
    synonyms: exalt, extol, glorify, proclaim
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    canonise, canonize
    treat as a sacred person
    exalt to the skies; lift to the skies or to heaven with praise
    crack up
    rhapsodize about
    praise by singing a hymn
    type of:
    express approval of
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