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 extol (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 In affluent northern Johannesburg, vaccine stations can be found at every mile or two, and popstars and talk-show hosts extol the virtue of getting shots on radio stations targeted at the rich and the urban. Antony Sguazzin, Fortune, 15 Sep. 2021 Whether that ending is the result of a breakup, a conflict, or death, experts extol the virtues of getting closure, which looks different for different people. Cat Lafuente, Health.com, 8 Sep. 2021 In articles, TikToks, Instagram posts and YouTube videos, people here gush about how to make it at home and extol its health benefits. Washington Post, 3 Sep. 2021 Brighter days are not in the forecast, though Ross will no doubt continue to extol the virtues of Wrigley Field as a reason to watch, even if ticket prices don’t match the on-field product. Paul Sullivan, chicagotribune.com, 14 Aug. 2021 Play to their patriotism or extol the virtues of keeping friends and family safe. Star Tribune, 18 July 2021 Media executives often extol the importance of reaching Spanish-language audiences, drawing eyerolls from people who’ve heard all it before. Los Angeles Times, 13 June 2021 Both extol the importance of the simple things: Amouzame makes sure to wash her face at night and play music, while Glover finds solace in her morning routine: drinking tea and taking a bath with salts. Akili King, Vogue, 20 May 2021 For Lori and the priests who will celebrate Monday, there’s plenty to extol at the Mass, which is free and open to the public and just the first of several commemorative events to be held this year. Jonathan M. Pitts, baltimoresun.com, 31 May 2021

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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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26 Sep 2021

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“Extol.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/extol. Accessed 21 Oct. 2021.

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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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