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 extolment (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 Bernie Sanders is repeatedly on record extolling the illusory benefits of the Castros’ health-care system. Phillip W. Magness, National Review, "Rand Paul’s Case against Socialism," 19 Dec. 2019 Just connect Plenty of people, from evolutionary biologists to doctors, sociologists, and psychologists extol the virtues of social connection, but few have developed a good way to measure it. Jenny Anderson, Quartz, "A pioneer of wearable technology explains how it can connect instead of divide us," 17 Dec. 2019 These 17 feel-good family movies extol the virtues of grit, being an outsider, and of having heart, all without saccharine cheer and manipulative storytelling. Joyce Bautista Ferrari, Marie Claire, "The Best Family Movies for Grown-Ups and Kids Alike," 11 Dec. 2019 The legendary investor, who has a new book out, warns against overthinking when opportunities present themselves, advises knowing your limits, and extols the benefits of listening to outsider perspectives. David Meyer, Fortune, "A Bad Week for CEOs: CEO Daily," 30 Sep. 2019 In that first call, Zelenskiy, taking power against the backdrop of Russian menace, urgently tried to build a relationship with Trump, extolling Ukraine’s food and people while repeatedly asking the president to come visit. Aamer Madhani And Jonathan Lemire, chicagotribune.com, "Rough transcript of first Trump phone call with Ukraine president is released. Read it here.," 15 Nov. 2019 One of those, Volker Tschapke, the retired president of a small conservative German association called the Prussian Society, extolled Mr. Putin’s re-election vote in March of last year. Anton Troianovski, New York Times, "‘A New Message’: Russia Trains Its Propaganda Machine on Africa," 29 Oct. 2019 Tiny $150 jars of face cream are backlit for effect; metal plaques next to miniature bowls of green tea and ginseng extol the wondrous properties of the ingredients. The Economist, "AmorePacific, South Korea’s biggest beauty firm, is struggling," 17 Oct. 2019 Senator Elizabeth Dole, herself a military caregiver (her husband, Senator Bob Dole, was injured during his service in WWII) was extolled by all in attendance as the driving force behind the initiative. Adrienne Wichard-edds, The Hollywood Reporter, "Michelle Obama Honored With Namesake Award by Tom Hanks, Elizabeth Dole Foundation," 24 Oct. 2019

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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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11 Jan 2020

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“Extol.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/extol. Accessed 22 January 2020.

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How to pronounce extol (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of extol

: to praise (someone or something) highly


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

Kids Definition of extol

: to praise highly : glorify

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