laud - praise
To ‘laud’ is essentially a more formal version of ‘praise’, though it does tend to be most commonly used in the context of public praise. For that reason, you may frequently encounter the word in a news story or in relation to a critical response to something.
People like to laud him as a successful entrepreneur, but they don’t mention the string of failures he’s had.
Even though the mediator couldn’t prevent the strike, her efforts were laudable.
Sarah’s new novel was original and highly relevant, and critics were quick to laud it.