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 The tireless Trish Pugh launched a non-stop series of talks to groups all over town, extolling the virtues of Actors Theatre, and its promise for the community. Keith L. Runyon, The Courier-Journal, "Trish Pugh Jones, Actors Theatre of Louisville and Festival of Faiths' giant, has died," 21 Dec. 2019 Sigler spent decades bending the ears of friends and neighbors extolling the virtues of his long lost 1940 Chevrolet convertible. Vern Parker, Houston Chronicle, "1940 Chevrolet Special Deluxe is dream convertible," 13 Dec. 2019 Other people older than 100 have extolled the virtues of everything from crossword puzzles to tap dancing. Erin Malsbury, Science | AAAS, "The secret to a long life? Matching sex chromosomes," 3 Mar. 2020 Kleem extolled the importance of the Cleveland Browns facility lease extension that was executed in 2019. Beth Mlady, cleveland, "Berea mayor recaps 2019 at annual State of the City," 14 Feb. 2020 Telecommunications providers relentlessly extol the power of fifth-generation (5G) wireless technology. Kevin Werbach For Cnn Business Perspectives, CNN, "5G won't be the disruptive change many claim it will be," 3 Feb. 2020 Employing the morally disastrous logic that the enemy of your enemy is your friend, the Democrats have allowed President Trump to troll them into extolling Sharpton. Kyle Smith, National Review, "Al Sharpton Is Not a Civil-Rights Hero," 31 July 2019 Nina for extolling on the simple effectiveness of every journalist’s favorite word: said. oregonlive.com, "And just like that, our week in Corvallis has come to an end (but I don’t want it to)," 20 July 2019 In front of an audience of thousands of tech professionals, for almost three hours Tuesday Amazon Web Services CEO Andy Jassy extolled the benefits of cloud computing. Jonathan Vanian, Fortune, "Amazon Touts Machine Learning, ‘Local Zones,’ and A.I. Tool as Cloud Competition Heats Up," 3 Dec. 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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21 Mar 2020

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“Extol.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/extol. Accessed 1 Apr. 2020.

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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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