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 DePasquale-Hagerty extolled the merits of the site, including its ability to enable residents to walk, roll and easily access available community amenities, such as a bus route. Beth Mlady, cleveland, "Middleburg Heights postpones approval on housing development for individuals with disabilities," 30 Sep. 2019 Paul Ryan extolled the virtues of a welding career at a summit meeting sponsored by the American Enterprise Institute. Paul Tough, The Atlantic, "The Myth of the Wealthy Welder," 13 Sep. 2019 Over two hours, a dozen presenters clicked through slides extolling the virtues, idiosyncrasies and dating criteria of their best friends. Jennifer Miller, New York Times, "Maybe the Best Way to Find Love Is … Not on an App?," 6 Sep. 2019 For decades, Richard Stallman has traveled the world extolling the benefits of free software. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Richard Stallman leaves MIT after controversial remarks on rape," 17 Sep. 2019 His work is fervently patriotic—he is regarded as Poland’s national poet—but, as Stasiuk’s adaptations emphasized, the land Mickiewicz extolled included large parts of Ukraine, Lithuania, and Belarus. Ruth Franklin, The New Yorker, "Olga Tokarczuk’s Novels Against Nationalism," 29 July 2019 These same people are the same ones extolling a global economy. Letter Writers, Twin Cities, "Letters: More police, less crime?," 13 Sep. 2019 Since the renderings were posted on the city website last week, local residents have taken to Facebook to lament or extol the proposals. Daily Pilot, "Laguna Beach gets first look at plans for Museum and Cleo hotels," 9 Aug. 2019 Experts have long extolled the many benefits of exercise, including its role in helping with stress reduction, weight loss and heart health. Annie Zaleski, The Courier-Journal, "7 tips for maintaining work-life balance while working in education," 6 Aug. 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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15 Nov 2019

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The first known use of extol was in the 15th century

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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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