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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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 The administration followed up that event with a conference last month in which National Economic Council Chairman Larry Kudlow extolled the promise of 5G advances. Drew Fitzgerald, WSJ, "Trump Creates Task Force to Free Up More Wireless Spectrum," 25 Oct. 2018 He was extolled in the pages of the New York Times and was embraced by the era's high-ranking foodies, including Craig Claiborne, Mimi Sheraton, Pierre Franey, and Town & Country's redoubtable food editor, James Villas. David Samuels, Town & Country, "One Bad Egg," 18 Oct. 2013 In recent weeks, Brazilians have been bombarded by messages that extol Bolsonaro and condemn Haddad, often making outrageous claims. Peter Prengaman, The Seattle Times, "A rise from marginal lawmaker to presidential front-runner," 27 Oct. 2018 Erdogan also extolled the old Ottoman legacy in the Balkans and hyped up the meaning of the upcoming election. Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post, "Erdogan’s push for power creates new chaos," 24 May 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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to corrupt or become corrupted

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