"Hail" has meaning to praise, to greet. But replacing this words doesn't seem to fit well like "praise the king" , "greet the king". I want some words (or phrases ) which might fit well and sound good too. :)
Edit1 : I haven't done intense research on this word. Just visited some websites ( like thesaurus.org , dictionary.com, (Meaning of "hail to the king")) to find some similar words. But hardly any of those did sound good to me(like greet the king, praise the king ). I doubt imperative verbs would fit in well there.
Edit 2: I actually want words which will fit well in place "Hail" as in "Hail Hydra". Fill this gap : ____ hydra

  • Edit into your question your dictionary/synonym findings if you please! – lbf Mar 14 '18 at 20:35
  • "All honor to..." – KarlG Mar 14 '18 at 20:52
  • 'Long live the King' is the traditional greeting. – Nigel J Mar 14 '18 at 21:33
  • Please include the research you’ve done. Questions that can be answered using commonly-available references are off-topic. – Edwin Ashworth Mar 14 '18 at 22:37
  • Dave Wilton, an administrator at Wordorigins.org...forums, focuses the analysis: << The question is what grammatical category does ['hail'] fall into [here]. Is it an imperative to be well? Is it a hortatory subjunctive calling upon all present to wish the person well? Is it an optative subjunctive expressing a desire that the person be well? >> Formulaic subjunctives (not including 'Let ...' constructions) are rare. God save the Queen! – Edwin Ashworth Mar 14 '18 at 22:48

What about Exalt? Means to hold someone in very high regard. Sounds regal to my ear, and it's odd enough that I think it might be able to "blend in" in a way a common word like praise wouldn't.

You might also check thesaurus.com: http://www.thesaurus.com/browse/exalt?s=t

Here are a couple other good ones from that list: bless, laud, acclaim, extol

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Perhaps salute.

From the Free Dictionary

    1. To greet or address with an expression of welcome, goodwill, or respect.
    3a. To honor formally and ceremoniously

Salute gives the connotation of acknowledging and giving respect to a superior in much the same way "hail" does.

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