Praise means "admiration or approval," and when you're on the receiving end of it, you feel great.

Whether it's used as a verb or a noun, praise means "approval." If you enthusiastically praise your dog, he's likely to wag his tail and expect a treat. What you've given him (in addition to the treat) is praise, the noun. In a religious context, the verb praise is interchangeable with worship, as when a minister says, "Praise God."

Definitions of praise
  1. noun
    an expression of approval and commendation
    “he always appreciated praise for his work”
    synonyms: congratulations, extolment, kudos
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    an exaggerated expression (usually of praise)
    encomium, eulogy, paean, panegyric, pean
    a formal expression of praise
    eulogium, eulogy
    a formal expression of praise for someone who has died recently
    good word, recommendation, testimonial
    something that recommends (or expresses commendation of) a person or thing as worthy or desirable
    accolade, compliment
    a remark (or act) expressing praise and admiration
    character, character reference, reference
    a formal recommendation by a former employer to a potential future employer describing the person's qualifications and dependability
    exaggerated praise (as for promotional purposes)
    a compliment that I heard about you that I offer to trade for a compliment you have heard about me
    excessive or insincere praise
    fulsomeness, smarm, unction
    excessive but superficial compliments given with affected charm
    type of:
    approval, commendation
    a message expressing a favorable opinion
  2. noun
    offering words of homage as an act of worship
    “they sang a hymn of praise to God”
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    a shout or song of praise to God
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    the activity of worshipping
  3. verb
    express approval of
    “The parents praised their children for their academic performance”
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    criticise, criticize, knock, pick apart
    find fault with; express criticism of; point out real or perceived flaws
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    praise or celebrate in song
    express commendation of
    express approval of
    exalt, extol, glorify, laud, proclaim
    praise, glorify, or honor
    blandish, flatter
    praise somewhat dishonestly
    eulogise, eulogize
    praise formally and eloquently
    compliment, congratulate
    say something to someone that expresses praise
    gush, rave
    praise enthusiastically
    express approval of
    commend, recommend
    express a good opinion of
    advertise, advertize, promote, push
    make publicity for; try to sell (a product)
    puff, puff up
    praise extravagantly
    praise in a sonnet
    use flattering talk on somebody
    show approval or good wishes by shouting
    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
    acclaim, hail, herald
    praise vociferously
    flatter in an obsequious manner
    treat gingerly or carefully
    bootlick, fawn, kotow, kowtow, suck up, toady, truckle
    try to gain favor by cringing or flattering
    brown-nose, butter up
    flatter with the intention of getting something
    propagandise, propagandize
    spread by propaganda
    make a plug for; praise the qualities or in order to sell or promote
    advertise especially by posters or placards
    agitate, campaign, crusade, fight, press, push
    exert oneself continuously, vigorously, or obtrusively to gain an end or engage in a crusade for a certain cause or person; be an advocate for
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    appraise, assess, evaluate, measure, valuate, value
    evaluate or estimate the nature, quality, ability, extent, or significance of
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