To commend; to applaud; to express approbation of; to laud; -- applied to a person or his acts.
Commendation for worth; approval expressed; honor rendered because of excellence or worth; laudation; approbation.
an expression of approval and commendation; "he always appreciated praise for his work"
express approval of; "The parents praised their children for their academic performance"
Verbal comments that express approval.
verb, to express admiration