ex·​tol | \ik-ˈstōl \
variants: or less commonly extoll
extolled; extolling

Definition of extol 

transitive verb

: to praise highly : glorify

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Other Words from extol

extoller noun
extolment \ ik-​ˈstōl-​mənt \ noun

Examples of extol in a Sentence

The health benefits of exercise are widely extolled. campaign literature extolling the candidate's military record

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The Riverdale actress extols the virtues of RBG, cereal, and relocating to the mythical world of Game of Thrones. Team Marie Claire, Marie Claire, "Molly Ringwald, Teen Movie Queen and 'Riverdale' Star, on What Makes Her Tick," 25 July 2018 While James extols the virtues of playing at a high level, Jones similarly stresses the importance of hard work. Michael Mccann, SI.com, "Why the Law Appears to Favor Alabama in Budding Barbershop Battle With LeBron," 5 Apr. 2018 Behind the scenes While extolling the virtues of Giannis, Kroft's chat with Bucks president Peter Feigin is interrupted when the sales staff starts clapping in rhythm in the background. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Five great moments from '60 Minutes' segment detailing Giannis Antetokounmpo's path from poverty in Athens to NBA star," 25 Mar. 2018 Holding up a paint brush or package of batteries or excitedly extolling the virtues of a line of new sinks or cans of varnish, Ray Szmanda sold untold hammers, saws, drills and lumber to Menards customers throughout Wisconsin for years. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Menards pitchman Ray Szmanda dies," 7 May 2018 Walsh also extolled the effective, hard-working volunteers who have been the mainstay of the program. Linda Gandee/special To Cleveland.com, cleveland.com, "March for Meals highlights Meals on Wheels programs; Rocky River adds Lakewood clients to their meal delivery program," 5 Mar. 2018 Then, win over the top executive by extolling Disney’s vision for the company’s future. Ben Fritz, WSJ, "Disney’s Deal Playbook: Target a Company That’s Not for Sale," 6 July 2018 And then on Thursday, somewhere between extolling his love for Candace Owens’ thought processes and watching Rick and Morty, West announced a new colorway approved for his Yeezy 700 V2. Liz Raiss, GQ, "Kanye West, Tweeting Through It, Announces New Yeezys," 11 May 2018 The New York Times extolling her as somebody in the new generation. Fox News, "Unions brace for fallout from SCOTUS's Janus decision," 8 July 2018

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First Known Use of extol

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for extol

Middle English, from Latin extollere, from ex- + tollere to lift up — more at tolerate

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English Language Learners Definition of extol

: to praise (someone or something) highly


ex·​tol | \ik-ˈstōl \
extolled; extolling

Kids Definition of extol

: to praise highly : glorify

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