- to praise highly; laud; eulogize: to extol the beauty of Naples.
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Examples from the Web for extols
Meanwhile, he extols the romantic virtues of The Dirty Dozen.The 20th Anniversary of Nora Ephron’s ‘Sleepless in Seattle’: Best Moments
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Robert of Clari, who saw the tomb in 1203, extols its magnificence.Byzantine Churches in Constantinople
Alexander Van Millingen
Each one extols with words and gestures the excellences of his boat.From Pole to Pole
Sven Anders Hedin
Barrow extols the character and pleasing manners of the Boushouannas.A World of Wonders
Chaulieu extols the Tocane of Ay, and some verses of Voltaire have been quoted on p. 61.A History of Champagne
Oliver Cromwell he calls an "accomplished president," and extols his genius.Junius Unmasked
- (tr) to praise lavishly; exalt
Word Origin and History for extols
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.