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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
  • Winnie was the only one whom this mystery did not seem to elate.

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

  • Bagwax was elate,—first and chiefly because he trusted that he would become the means of putting right a foul and cruel wrong.

    John Caldigate Anthony Trollope
  • He held out his arms with a gesture indescribable, elate, nervous with his passion.

    Gilian The Dreamer Neil Munro
  • The event may be taken as the elate of the formation of the confederacy or league whichever it was.

    Ancient Society Lewis Henry Morgan
  • 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
  • In ten minutes she had locked her door, hurried away, elate, happy.

    Cinderella Jane Marjorie Benton Cooke
  • After he had undressed, he dropped heavily into bed, exhausted, but elate.

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

    In the Name of Liberty Owen Johnson
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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