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extol

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Pronunciation: /ɪkˈstəʊl
 
, ɛk-/

Definition of extol in English:

verb (extols, extolling, extolled)

[with object]
Praise enthusiastically: he extolled the virtues of the Russian peoples
More example sentences
  • All of them share in their belief in God, turn to Him and extol His praises.
  • Mrs Egan, of North Lane, York, was even moved to pen an elegant exposition extolling her family's enthusiasm for waste.
  • You travel the world praising the discreet charm of an ancient university and extolling the virtues of academic freedom.
Synonyms
praise enthusiastically, go into raptures about/over, wax lyrical about, sing the praises of, praise to the skies, heap praise on, eulogize, rhapsodize over, rave about, enthuse about/over, gush about/over, throw bouquets at, express delight over, acclaim
informal go wild about, be mad about, go on about
North American informal ballyhoo

Origin

late Middle English: from Latin extollere, from ex- 'out, upward' + tollere 'raise'.

Derivatives

extoller

1
noun
Example sentences
  • In writing this particular song, did Archie have in mind such extollers of memory as I, who find in memory-however painful certain of the events that are recalled-the desire for unity and oneness that defines the soul?
  • Vicky is a great extoller of the Aga and also loves to cook.
  • An extoller of the simple, rooted life, he nevertheless accumulated a sizable fortune and lived very well indeed.

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