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

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 Executives for companies with offices downtown continue to extol the virtues of working in an area with several hotels, restaurants and sports stadiums in walking distance. Eric Heisig, cleveland, 12 Mar. 2022 On a business trip to Russia in 2016, Alibaba founder Jack Ma was having lunch and listening to his executives extol the success the company was enjoying in the country. Jing Yang, wsj.com, 24 Mar. 2022 Howard’s presence in Northeast Ohio over All-Star Weekend allows university officials to extol the school’s proximity to the nation’s government. Marc Bona, cleveland, 10 Feb. 2022 Tapping two fashion icons to extol the virtues of owning your website was an outside-the-box idea, but innovation is Mathur’s specialty. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, 17 Feb. 2022 Advocates of mandatory national service extol it as a means of creating social cohesion. Dina Kraft, The Christian Science Monitor, 19 Jan. 2022 Then Carrie Lam, Hong Kong’s chief executive, took the podium, to extol the importance of patriotism in the city’s youth. New York Times, 18 Dec. 2021 Some extol the virtues of simply getting drunk or stoned, while others look to brighter and more clear-eyed days ahead. Jonathan Bernstein, Rolling Stone, 24 Dec. 2021 Thursday to extol the virtues of the three-time Defensive Player of the Year. Eric Walden, The Salt Lake Tribune, 9 Dec. 2021 See More

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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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“Extol.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/extol. Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for extol


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

Kids Definition of extol

: to praise highly : glorify

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