• WordNet 3.6
    • v extol praise, glorify, or honor "extol the virtues of one's children","glorify one's spouse's cooking"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The book The Doors of Perception, by Aldous Huxley, was the inspiration behind Jim Morrison naming his band The Doors. The book extolls the use of hallucinogenic drugs.
    • Extol To elevate by praise; to eulogize; to praise; to magnify; as, to extol virtue; to extol an act or a person. "Wherein have I so deserved of you,
      That you extol me thus?"
    • Extol To place on high; to lift up; to elevate. "Who extolled you in the half-crown boxes,
      Where you might sit and muster all the beauties."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • extol To raise aloft; set on high; elevate.
    • extol To speak in laudatory terms of; praise strongly; eulogize: as, to extol the virtues or the exploits of a person.
    • extol Synonyms Applaud, etc. (see praise, v.); laud, commend, celebrate, glorify, exalt.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Extol eks-tol′ to magnify: to praise
    • pr.p Extol extolling; pa.p. extolled′
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. extollere,; ex, out + tollere, to lift, take up, or raise: cf. OF. extoller,. See Tollerate, and cf. Flate


In literature:

And so perhaps it would be well for a change to bear less heavily upon the wages of sin, and extol, just a little, the wages of virture.
"Winner Take All" by Larry Evans
There is, no doubt, a disposition and a tendency to extol the recent past.
"Thoughts on Educational Topics and Institutions" by George S. Boutwell
The virtues of the "Haigs of Bamersyde" were extolled by the poets of the thirteenth century.
"Kelly Miller's History of the World War for Human Rights" by Kelly Miller
He perceived not, that his unactive virtue, the more it was extolled, the greater disregard was it exposed to.
"The History of England in Three Volumes, Vol.I., Part D. From Elizabeth to James I." by David Hume
The whole party, who had formerly much extolled his conduct, now made him the object of their resentment.
"The History of England in Three Volumes, Vol.I., Part F. From Charles II. to James II." by David Hume
In a word, he extolled his own convention with the most extravagant encomiums.
"The History of England in Three Volumes, Vol.II. From William and Mary to George II." by Tobias Smollett
The Line is reviled, the Mobile extolled.
"Diary of the Besieged Resident in Paris" by Henry Labouchère
Our critics and literary mentors extol such books as are fit to be read a second time.
"Confessions of Boyhood" by John Albee
He has been extolled to the skies as patient, long-suffering, the friend of man, and what not.
"Natural History of the Mammalia of India and Ceylon" by Robert A. Sterndale
His strident voice could be heard extoling the merits of his wares.
"The Outdoor Girls in a Motor Car" by Laura Lee Hope

In poetry:

IT happened, one of them so nicely played,
The fav'rite lass produced a little maid,
Which both extolled, and each his own believed,
Though doubtless one or t'other was deceived.
"The Two Friends" by Jean de La Fontaine
And all these things, like a single heart and soul,
Like a spoken word, and with a virginal love,
Worship, and flower in ecstasy, and extol
Him that guards from evil, the clement God above.
"Crimen Amoris" by Clark Ashton Smith
Know, Celia, since thou art so proud,
'Twas I that gave thee thy renown.
Thou hadst in the forgotten crowd
Of common beauties lived unknown
Had not my verse extolled thy name,
And with it imped the wings of Fame.
"Know, Celia, Since Thou Art So Proud" by Thomas Carew
There was no pride about her, and day after day,
She walked with her young brother, who was always gay,
A beautiful boy he was, about thirteen years old,
And Jenny and her brother by the miners were greatly extolled.
"Jenny Carrister, The Heroine of Lucknow-Mine" by William Topaz McGonagall
`In the shadow of Thy wings, O Lord of Hosts, whom I extol,
I will put my trust for ever,' so the kingly David sings.
`Thou shalt help me, Thou shalt save me, only
Thou shalt keep me whole,
In the shadow of Thy wings.'
"In Time of Doubt" by Robert Fuller Murray
Land of Hope and Glory, Mother of the Free,
How shall we extol thee, who are born of thee?
Wider still and wider shall thy bounds be set,
God, who made thee mighty, make thee mightier yet.
God, who made thee mighty, make thee mightier yet.
"Land Of Hope And Glory" by Arthur Christopher Benson

In news:

In centrist appeal, Clinton extols Obama.
Al Campanie/The Post-Standard Mark Robbins, Syracuse University dean of architecture, in 2008: Extolling the benefits and potential of an intact city center .
Sir Richard Wilson, who heads the civil service , extols the virtues of his 463,000-strong staff.
A couple of weeks ago the Minneapolis StarTribune published an editorial extolling the virtues of Drug Courts.
Toledo Mayor Mike Bell extols the participation of a Chinese investment firm in the long-delayed development of the Marina District and the operation of The Docks restaurant complex.
Wendell Berry has spent the past 50 years working the land settled by his forebears, while writing works of fiction, poetry and essays extolling the virtues of farming, community, rural life and traditional values.
The practice of placenta-eating grabbed headlines recently after Actress January Jones extolled its benefits in People magazine.
Politely give 'em a breath mint and perhaps extol the virtues of flossing, right.
They did not try to extol Jerry's virtues, list good deeds or express regret.
During the campaign, both President Obama and Mitt Romney repeatedly extolled the value of schools and teachers.
In it, he extolled the virtues of a free market system.
Justin Newcombe extols the virtue of a purple garden treat.
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is floating around extolling the virtues of Windows 8.
President Barack Obama extolled Dakota Meyer for the "extraordinary actions" that had earned him the Medal of Honor.
Bears coach Lovie Smith extols Marshall 's work on the field and how that stimulates the locker room.

In science:

The first part promoted the new supercomputer centre at Swinburne, extolling the processing power of the planned network of 64 linked workstations.
Supernova Remnants, Pulsars and the Interstellar Medium - Summary of a Workshop Held at U Sydney, March 1999
This large figure is sometimes decried (at this time) as a blow to predictivity of string/M theory or extolled as giving string theory a rich enough ‘landscape’ to contain vacua that match the physical parameters (e.g. the cosmological constant) of our universe.
Counting String Vacua