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elate

[ih-leyt] /ɪˈleɪt/
verb (used with object), elated, elating.
1.
to make very happy or proud:
news to elate the hearer.
adjective
2.
Origin of elate
1350-1400
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
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  • 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

elate

/ɪˈleɪt/
verb
1.
(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
v.

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.

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