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[ih-leyt] /ɪˈleɪt/
verb (used with object), elated, elating.
to make very happy or proud:
news to elate the hearer.
Origin of elate
1350-1400; Middle English elat proud, exalted < Latin ēlātus carried away, lifted up (past participle of efferre), equivalent to ē- e-1 + lā- carry, lift (see translate) + -tus past participle suffix
Related forms
overelate, verb (used with object), overelated, overelating.
unelating, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for elate
Historical Examples
  • He held out his arms with a gesture indescribable, elate, nervous with his passion.

    Gilian The Dreamer Neil Munro
  • He was very sprightly and elate, but I was in no sort of mood to share in his buoyancy.

    The Trail of '98

    Robert W. Service
  • The host, elate with the honour of Nell's coming, was eager to offer us accommodation.

    Simon Dale

    Anthony Hope
  • This they knew the desert could never do, and it caused their spirits to elate with hope.

  • I would have been elate but it occurred to me there was an inconsistency.

    Fantazius Mallare Ben Hecht
  • His great victory did not elate him, so far as one could see.

    Recollections and Letters of General Robert E. Lee (His Son) Captain Robert E. Lee
  • Success in the goose hunt seems to elate the Indian more than in anything else.

    Oowikapun Egerton Ryerson Young
  • After he had undressed, he dropped heavily into bed, exhausted, but elate.

    T. Tembarom Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • He slid to the ground, amid uproarious approval, satisfied and elate.

    In the Name of Liberty

    Owen Johnson
  • I did not see that the men were elate or even grinning with satisfaction.

    Wounds in the rain Stephen Crane
British Dictionary definitions for elate


(transitive) to fill with high spirits, exhilaration, pride or optimism
Word Origin
C16: from Latin ēlāt- stem of past participle of efferre to bear away, from ferre to carry
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Word Origin and History for elate

1570s, literal, "to raise, elevate," probably from Latin elatus "uplifted, exalted," past participle of effere (see elation), or else a back-formation from elation. Figurative use from 1610s. Related: Elated; elating.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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