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 Most recently, retired Gen. Stanley McChrystal, former commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, extolled the virtues of universal – though not mandatory – national service. Anna Mulrine Grobe, The Christian Science Monitor, "Love of country: US ready for mandatory national service?," 3 June 2020 Chief Executive Officer Jeff Bezos normally uses the company’s earnings report to extol the virtues of Alexa or the benefits of Prime. Matt Day, Bloomberg.com, "Amazon Says It Will Risk Loss to Cover Jump in Pandemic Spending," 5 May 2020 Many times, Yeonmi has heard South Koreans extol the alleged socialist virtues of the North. Jay Nordlinger, National Review, "Up from North Korea," 4 May 2020 In January 2014, its cofounder, Marc Andreessen, who cofounded onetime Internet browser king Netscape and now sits on Facebook's board, extolled digital money's virtues in an influential piece for the New York Times. Robert Hackett, Fortune, "Andreessen Horowitz doubles down on ‘crypto’ with new $515 million fund," 30 Apr. 2020 Stefanski almost sounds poetic extolling the virtues of Keenum as a backup QB who also can play when needed. Terry Pluto, cleveland, "Is Coach Kevin Stefanski being set up to succeed? Let’s Talk Cleveland Browns," 5 Apr. 2020 Test cars are usually scrutinized by family and friends, but the Insight proved invisible, which left us extolling its virtues without any provocation. K.c. Colwell, Car and Driver, "Our 2019 Honda Insight Touring Is Memorable, Just Not for Its Looks," 20 Mar. 2020 QuickTake President Trump said a potential approval for remdesivir may be in the works at a press conference last week while also extolling the benefits of a decades-old malaria drug, chloroquine. Cristin Flanagan, Bloomberg.com, "Gilead’s Experimental Covid-19 Drug Scores Potential Tax Break," 7 May 2020 Somewhere along the continuum exists a happy medium: Gwyneth Paltrow’s highly-trafficked lifestyle site Goop, for example, extols all manner of clean skin care. Leilani Marie Labong, SFChronicle.com, "Skin care cleans up: Bay Area clean beauty brands worth a second look," 24 Jan. 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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13 Jun 2020

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“Extol.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/extol. Accessed 8 Aug. 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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