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 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 The report, which has been previewed, is expected to extol the virtues of the body camera pilot. Milton J. Valencia, BostonGlobe.com, "Council to discuss new technology for law enforcement, including surveillance drones," 19 June 2018 This might have prompted ESPN analyst Mark Jackson, who knows a thing or two about being a maligned coach, to extol Lue's virtues during Game 2. Candace Buckner, chicagotribune.com, "In Cavaliers-Celtics, a tale of two coaches: Scorn for Tyronn Lue, praise for Brad Stevens," 19 May 2018 She was snapped enjoying the day’s activities, as Harry — a Commonwealth Youth Ambassador — extolled their joint interest in getting to know the leaders being recognized. Raisa Bruner, Time, "Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Held Hands Like a Regular Couple at This Royal Event," 6 July 2018 Also playing its first hometown show in several years will be the Detroit band Death, the brotherly trio whose Detroit garage-punk has been rediscovered and extolled. Brian Mccollum, Detroit Free Press, "Dead Kennedys, Rev. Horton Heat, Ace Frehley top Motor City Muscle bill," 21 June 2018 Homewood, a south suburb, created a comic book campaign extolling the availability of farmers markets and kombucha. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "How subway ads asking millennials to move helps economic development," 18 June 2018 Turmeric seems to be all the rage these days in food and especially in a new generation of lattes and cocktails extolling its miraculous healing powers. Nik Sharma, San Francisco Chronicle, "A Brown Kitchen: Turmeric Almond Yogurt Chicken Thighs," 9 May 2018 In an unintended irony, the crime archives share proximity with an array of hunting gear and slick pamphlets extolling the fishing in Montana. Bob Sylva, sacbee, "1988: The desperate search for the East Area Rapist costs millions of dollars and thousands of man-hours | The Sacramento Bee," 25 Apr. 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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