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

n an expression of approval and commendation

“he always appreciated praise for his work”
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
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
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approval, commendation
a message expressing a favorable opinion

n offering words of homage as an act of worship

“they sang a hymn of praise to God”
a shout or song of praise to God
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the activity of worshipping

v express approval of

“The parents praised their children for their academic performance”
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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