extol

verb
ex·​tol | \ ik-ˈstōl How to pronounce extol (audio) \
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 How to pronounce extol (audio) \ noun

Examples of extol in a Sentence

The health benefits of exercise are widely extolled. campaign literature extolling the candidate's military record
Recent Examples on the Web On Tuesday, White’s pledge to vote against the bill prompted other council members to extol the importance of vaccines in public health. Washington Post, "D.C. Council approves bill allowing children to get vaccines without parents’ consent," 20 Oct. 2020 There’s another problem: This political advocacy unnecessarily invites allusions to cronyism, echoing a less savory time when wealthy newspaper owners used their editorial pages to extol the merits of their political chums. Genevieve P. Kanter, STAT, "Science journal editors shouldn’t contribute to politicizing science," 23 Oct. 2020 On hand to present honors to Harry Styles and extol the virtues of short-form content, Rae headed to the Dolby Theatre in style. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Inside Addison Rae’s Chic Night Out at the Billboard Music Awards," 16 Oct. 2020 Last year, China secured support from 50 ambassadors, mostly from developing countries wary of the West and buttressed by Chinese economic ties, to extol its Xinjiang policy not as an infringement on human rights, but a boon to social stability. Washington Post, "Beijing is planning to host another Olympics. Clashes over human rights are back, too.," 8 Oct. 2020 Some people of Hispanic descent who extol their own Indigenous ancestry also view the insurrection as a source of pride, while others have felt targeted by the activism. Simon Romero, New York Times, "Why New Mexico’s 1680 Pueblo Revolt Is Echoing in 2020 Protests," 27 Sep. 2020 Who would benefit from the more progressive agenda that is suggested by Mr. Biden’s actions and words? Advocates of free-market capitalism extol the growth that the system produces and its freedom of choice over work and consumption. Edward P. Lazear, National Review, "The Poor Fare Best Under Free-Market Capitalism," 9 Sep. 2020 Authorities have been eager to prevent the gunman, who had posted a racist manifesto online, from using the court as a platform to extol extremist views. Emanuel Stoakes, Washington Post, "New Zealand mosque gunman Brenton Tarrant opts not to speak in his defense before sentencing," 26 Aug. 2020 National leaders of all stripes love to extol the toughness and courage of their people. Washington Post, "Beirut’s blast and Lebanon’s deeper crisis," 6 Aug. 2020

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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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Cite this Entry

“Extol.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/extol. Accessed 27 Jan. 2021.

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More Definitions for extol

extol

verb
How to pronounce extol (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of extol

: to praise (someone or something) highly

extol

verb
ex·​tol | \ ik-ˈstōl How to pronounce extol (audio) \
extolled; extolling

Kids Definition of extol

: to praise highly : glorify

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