Definition of extol in English:



  • Praise enthusiastically.

    ‘he extolled the virtues of the Russian peoples’
    • ‘All of them share in their belief in God, turn to Him and extol His praises.’
    • ‘She extols conventions that make civilized society possible.’
    • ‘Cobbett extolled the Radicalism of Nottingham; Byron sang the praises of the Luddites.’
    • ‘No religions either preaches or extols evil or tolerates evil.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The key to Zweig's own character reveals itself in a passage in which he extols his father and then describes himself.’
    • ‘You travel the world praising the discreet charm of an ancient university and extolling the virtues of academic freedom.’
    • ‘She praised me when my grades were good, and extolled me to do better when they weren't.’
    • ‘Managing to maintain a serious voice throughout, she extols the virtues of the flea in a spooky monotone.’
    • ‘He extols the two qualities he most admires, their extreme ‘tolerance’ and the very special value they place on their children.’
    • ‘He extols the English for their extensive use of roundabouts, which Barbados has adopted.’
    • ‘The manager tends to extol his players, but last night the praise was reserved.’
    • ‘At a time when so many carpet-makers are turning to artificial dyes, he extols the virtues of the old ways.’
    • ‘And he still extols the virtues of his central defensive partner but is more self-reliant.’
    • ‘It glorifies celebrities, extols riches and promotes glamour.’
    • ‘Even when extolling the virtues of Linux as a server, the praise is often followed with a few discouraging warnings.’
    • ‘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.’’
    • ‘Glock, for example, extols the virtues of conducting qualitative interviews in preparation for a survey for precisely this kind of reason.’
    • ‘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.’
    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
    go wild about, be mad about, go on about
    big someone up, big something up
    cry someone up, cry something up
    laud, panegyrize
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Late Middle English: from Latin extollere, from ex- out, upward + tollere raise.