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

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The competing visions of Brexit extolled by Mrs. May and Mr. Johnson, who has emerged as her chief antagonist in the Tories’ internal debate, are expected to dominate the Conservatives’ four-day annual conference that begins on Sunday. Jason Douglas, WSJ, "Theresa May’s Former Top Diplomat Is Now Her Antagonist on Brexit," 28 Sep. 2018 Many folks who are hoping to get pregnant already know this; the What to Expect forums are filled with threads extolling the affordability and accuracy of dollar-store tests. Shelby Pope, Allure, "Are Cheap Home Pregnancy Tests Just as Accurate as the Expensive Ones?," 12 Mar. 2019 Lurie released a statement after the announcement of the policy extolling the players’ goals and their engagement in the community, without mentioning the anthem or the league’s action. Les Bowen, Philly.com, "Malcolm Jenkins had stopped protesting during anthem, but NFL's new policy is making him reconsider," 29 May 2018 Organizers passed out fliers extolling the benefits, which are pretty straightforward — keeping people alive, for example, and preventing infections. Nestor Ramos, BostonGlobe.com, "A practical plan for fighting overdoses — but not in Massachusetts," 1 May 2018 Ever since Waymo launched its driverless car trials in Phoenix, promoting the service with a video showing suburbanites extolling the benefits of driverless transportation, the AV startup seemed focused on everyday, even mundane, aspects of travel. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "9 cities with smart ideas to improve transportation," 18 Sep. 2018 In New York City, the numbers are astounding—just five monuments honor women, while nearly 150 extol the accomplishments of men. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "A New Initiative Is Bringing More Statues of Women to New York City," 10 Dec. 2018 The companies extol the potential to create jobs, especially in rural America. Greg Ip, WSJ, "T-Mobile Sprint Merger Is a Test of Trump’s Antitrust Mettle," 5 Sep. 2018 In speech after speech, VIPs extolled Stoneleigh as an example of land conservation policy at its finest. Maria Panaritis, Philly.com, "'They almost need therapists': How the fight to save Stoneleigh brought Pa. zombie pols back to life, too | Maria Panaritis," 28 June 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 How to pronounce extol (audio) \
extolled; extolling

Kids Definition of extol

: to praise highly : glorify

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something valued as if it were money

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