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extol

or extoll

[ik-stohl, -stol] /ɪkˈstoʊl, -ˈstɒl/
verb (used with object), extolled, extolling.
1.
to praise highly; laud; eulogize:
to extol the beauty of Naples.
Origin of extol
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English extollen < Latin extollere to lift up, raise, equivalent to ex- ex-1 + tollere to lift, raise up
Related forms
extoller, noun
extollingly, adverb
extolment, extollment, noun
self-extolled, adjective
superextol, verb (used with object), superextolled, superextolling.
superextoll, verb (used with object)
unextolled, adjective
Synonyms
glorify, exalt, celebrate.
Antonyms
disparage.
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Examples from the Web for extol
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  • Arthur, not being in the mood to extol the memory of the deceased, was silent.

    Little Dorrit Charles Dickens
  • Did not you extol the two Seraphims just now in the same generous language?

  • But it finds its own success at last, and then the prudent also extol.

    Essays, First Series Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • extol her wit and talents, which has the zest of novelty, then you may succeed.

    Vikram and the Vampire Richard F. Burton
  • With us he can extol France, as there he extolled Saint Domingo.

    The Hour and the Man Harriet Martineau
British Dictionary definitions for extol

extol

/ɪkˈstəʊl/
verb -tols, -tolling, -tolled (US) -tolls, -tolling, -tolled
1.
(transitive) to praise lavishly; exalt
Derived Forms
extoller, noun
extollingly, adverb
extolment, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Latin extollere to elevate, from tollere to raise
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Word Origin and History for extol
v.

also extoll, c.1400, "to lift up," from Latin extollere "to place on high, raise, elevate," figuratively "to exalt, praise," from ex- "up" (see ex-) + tollere "to raise," from PIE *tel-, *tol- "to bear, carry" (cf. Greek talantos "bearing, suffering," tolman "to carry, bear," telamon "broad strap for bearing something," Atlas "the 'Bearer' of Heaven;" Lithuanian tiltas "bridge;" Sanskrit tula "balance," tulayati "lifts up, weighs;" Latin tolerare "to bear, support," latus "borne;" Old English þolian "to endure;" Armenian tolum "I allow"). Figurative sense of "praise highly" in English is first attested c.1500. Related: Extolled; extolling.

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