ex·tol | \ ik-ˈstōl \
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 \ 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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She was snapped enjoying the day’s activities, as Harry — a Commonwealth Youth Ambassador — extolled their joint interest in getting to know the leaders being recognized. Raisa Bruner, Time, "Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Held Hands Like a Regular Couple at This Royal Event," 6 July 2018 Also playing its first hometown show in several years will be the Detroit band Death, the brotherly trio whose Detroit garage-punk has been rediscovered and extolled. Brian Mccollum, Detroit Free Press, "Dead Kennedys, Rev. Horton Heat, Ace Frehley top Motor City Muscle bill," 21 June 2018 Homewood, a south suburb, created a comic book campaign extolling the availability of farmers markets and kombucha. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "How subway ads asking millennials to move helps economic development," 18 June 2018 Turmeric seems to be all the rage these days in food and especially in a new generation of lattes and cocktails extolling its miraculous healing powers. Nik Sharma, San Francisco Chronicle, "A Brown Kitchen: Turmeric Almond Yogurt Chicken Thighs," 9 May 2018 In an unintended irony, the crime archives share proximity with an array of hunting gear and slick pamphlets extolling the fishing in Montana. Bob Sylva, sacbee, "1988: The desperate search for the East Area Rapist costs millions of dollars and thousands of man-hours | The Sacramento Bee," 25 Apr. 2018 China’s leadership not only strictly censors social media, but also employs hundreds of thousands of people to steer online conversation to their liking; the state co-opts political discussion and fabricates posts that extol the Communist Party. James Stavridis, Time, "Democracy Isn't Perfect, But It Will Still Prevail," 12 July 2018 But closing reportage of everyday New Yorkers brashly extolling Gotti’s virtues upon his death, painting him, without any irony, as some kind of local hero, pretty much tells you where this picture’s coming from. Gary Goldstein, latimes.com, "Overly reverent bio-pic 'Gotti' strands a solid John Travolta performance in less-than-epic drama," 15 June 2018 Sylvie recently sat down with the Cut to extol Ottolenghi, and to share her appreciation for excellent dialogue and her early aspirations for sainthood. Jane Larkworthy, The Cut, "Sylvie Chantecaille Is a Skin-Care and Animal Champion," 25 Apr. 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 \
extolled; extolling

Kids Definition of extol

: to praise highly : glorify

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