- to praise highly; laud; eulogize: to extol the beauty of Naples.
Origin of extol
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Examples from the Web for extolling
He wanders through the halls of the United Nations, passing out pamphlets and extolling his cause.The Man Who Invented the Word ‘Genocide’
November 19, 2014
The story behind the bipartisan push that GOP contenders may be extolling come 2016.Prison Reform is Bigger in Texas
April 12, 2014
The Berlin Wall has fallen and his books, extolling the “economic miracle” of East Germany, are antiquated.Must-Read Debuts
October 22, 2010
Instead, he surprised the crowd by praising his five billionaire witnesses, extolling their virtues and their profits.Hedge Fund Managers Are the Heroes of this Crisis
November 18, 2008
Though he had been extolling his father at his own expense, what had he done but realise his father's hopes.The Manxman
On verso of title a poem by Ioachim Egell, extolling Humelberg.
Names extolling the glory and splendor of the temples are common.The Religion of Babylonia and Assyria
The admiration of Nonconformists did not deter Churchmen and Cavaliers from extolling it.Sir Walter Ralegh
Oh, if I could wear this tongue to the stump, in extolling His highness!Letters of Samuel Rutherford
- (tr) to praise lavishly; exalt
Word Origin and History for extolling
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.