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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Trump extolled the strength and battle-readiness of American troops but named no current threat. Masha Gessen, The New Yorker, "Donald Trump’s “Inoffensive” War on Reality," 5 July 2019 Gold-standard adherents often extol the strength of currencies such as the pound and the dollar in the early 20th century. Gwynn Guilford, Quartz, "The quiet campaign to reinstate the gold standard is getting louder," 3 July 2019 Brazil’s president, Jair Bolsonaro, who was travelling on another aircraft, normally extols the armed forces. The Economist, "Politics this week," 29 June 2019 The ancient practice of yoga is extolled as a way to improve health and concentration and has grown into a global phenomenon. Alison Medley, Houston Chronicle, "Namaste, y'all! Texans celebrate International Day of Yoga in The Woodlands," 22 June 2019 The comandante, who runs some of Cuba’s cattle-breeding operations, also extolled the meat of the hutia, a giant rodent endemic to the island, as better than beef. José De Córdoba, WSJ, "Cuba Ration Lines Grow Tense as Economy Flails," 21 June 2019 Mendoza's vocals pounce over life intricacies in a Latin-tinged 14-track set which extols traditional Mexican music and the storytelling of American folk. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "The 50 Best Albums of 2019 (So Far): Staff Picks," 3 June 2019 This year, the Kochs are expected to spend $20 million on media buys extolling the benefits of recent tax legislation, to assist Republicans in their effort to keep control of the House and Senate. Chris Morris, Fortune, "David Koch Is Retiring From Koch Industries, Political Network," 5 June 2018 Yesterday, during a meeting at the Senate Subcommittee on Aviation and Space, U.S. Senator Ted Cruz extolled reasons why the U.S. needs to adopt a sixth branch of the military, known as the Space Force. Darren Orf, Popular Mechanics, "Ted Cruz Thinks the U.S. Needs To Defend Against Space Pirates," 15 May 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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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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