extol

or ex·toll

[ ik-stohl, -stol ]
/ ɪkˈstoʊl, -ˈstɒl /

verb (used with object), ex·tolled, ex·tol·ling.

to praise highly; laud; eulogize: to extol the beauty of Naples.

Nearby words

  1. extinguishant,
  2. extinguisher,
  3. extirpate,
  4. extirpation,
  5. extn.,
  6. extoll,
  7. extorsion,
  8. extorsive,
  9. extort,
  10. extortion

Origin of extol

1350–1400; Middle English extollen < Latin extollere to lift up, raise, equivalent to ex- ex-1 + tollere to lift, raise up

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British Dictionary definitions for extol

extol

US extoll

/ (ɪkˈstəʊl) /

verb -tols, -tolling or -tolled or US -tolls, -tolling or -tolled

(tr) to praise lavishly; exalt
Derived Formsextoller, nounextollingly, adverbextolment, noun

Word Origin for extol

C15: from Latin extollere to elevate, from tollere to raise

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Word Origin and History for extol

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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