November 26, 2017
extol (verb)
\ik-STOHL\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
: to praise highly
How do you use it?
The hero was extolled in verse, where his brave deeds were magnified and recorded for all time.
Are you a word wiz?

In _The Daisy Chain_, author Charlotte Mary Yonge uses "extol" in a sentence that begins: "But Mr. Rivers . . . began to extol him to his father . . . " One of the answers below is the ending of Yonge's sentence. Based on what you know about "extol," which do you think it is?

To "extol" means to offer high praise, and only answer A gives any indication of compliments being made by Mr. Rivers. "Extol" traces its origins to the Latin verb "tollere," which means "to lift up." The combination of "tollere" and the prefix "ex-," meaning "out of" or "from," produced the Latin verb "extollere," meaning "to glorify or praise highly." English speakers borrowed the Latin word as "extol" in the fifteenth century.
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