ex·​tol ik-ˈstōl How to pronounce extol (audio)
variants or less commonly extoll
extolled; extolling

transitive verb

: to praise highly : glorify
extoller noun
extolment 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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Word History


Middle English, from Latin extollere, from ex- + tollere to lift up — more at tolerate

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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

Dictionary Entries Near extol

Cite this Entry

“Extol.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/extol. Accessed 15 Apr. 2024.

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variants also extoll
extolled; extolling
: to praise highly
extoller noun
extolment noun

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