Definition of extol in English:



[with object]
  • Praise enthusiastically.

    ‘he extolled the virtues of the Russian peoples’
    • ‘She praised me when my grades were good, and extolled me to do better when they weren't.’
    • ‘Cobbett extolled the Radicalism of Nottingham; Byron sang the praises of the Luddites.’
    • ‘She extols conventions that make civilized society possible.’
    • ‘The manager tends to extol his players, but last night the praise was reserved.’
    • ‘He extols the two qualities he most admires, their extreme ‘tolerance’ and the very special value they place on their children.’
    • ‘Mrs Egan, of North Lane, York, was even moved to pen an elegant exposition extolling her family's enthusiasm for waste.’
    • ‘But the Yates case revealed a deep gender divide about the isolation and stress of family and motherhood in a society that extols self-sufficiency as its premiere human value.’
    • ‘All of them share in their belief in God, turn to Him and extol His praises.’
    • ‘You travel the world praising the discreet charm of an ancient university and extolling the virtues of academic freedom.’
    • ‘It glorifies celebrities, extols riches and promotes glamour.’
    • ‘Proposition 36 will not heal the hypocritical heart of a nation that extols the empty pleasures of consumerism while excoriating the unsanctioned ecstasies of illegal drugs.’
    • ‘Even when extolling the virtues of Linux as a server, the praise is often followed with a few discouraging warnings.’
    • ‘No religions either preaches or extols evil or tolerates evil.’
    • ‘Managing to maintain a serious voice throughout, she extols the virtues of the flea in a spooky monotone.’
    • ‘He extols the English for their extensive use of roundabouts, which Barbados has adopted.’
    • ‘At a time when so many carpet-makers are turning to artificial dyes, he extols the virtues of the old ways.’
    • ‘Glock, for example, extols the virtues of conducting qualitative interviews in preparation for a survey for precisely this kind of reason.’
    • ‘He simply extols the virtues of a book he calls ‘the only truly serious and successful Canadian novel I have read so far this year.’’
    • ‘And he still extols the virtues of his central defensive partner but is more self-reliant.’
    • ‘The key to Zweig's own character reveals itself in a passage in which he extols his father and then describes himself.’
    praise enthusiastically, go into raptures about, go into raptures over, wax lyrical about, sing the praises of, praise to the skies, heap praise on, eulogize, rhapsodize over, rave about, enthuse about, enthuse over, gush about, gush over, throw bouquets at, express delight over, acclaim
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Late Middle English: from Latin extollere, from ex- ‘out, upward’ + tollere ‘raise’.