- to praise highly; laud; eulogize: to extol the beauty of Naples.
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The queens shall behold thee and extoll thee, and all women upon earth shall praise thee.Sulamith: A Romance of Antiquity
As if a new-found Whittington's rare cat,Come to extoll their birth-rights above thatWhich nature once intended.
- (tr) to praise lavishly; exalt
Word Origin for extol
variant of extol.
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.