Try Our Apps


What does the eggplant emoji really mean?


[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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for elating
Historical Examples
  • However that might be, a sudden, elating thought caused him an intense joy.

    Roads of Destiny

    O. Henry
  • In sacred canticles, some airs are for elating the heart into raptures, others to restore the mind to its former tranquillity.

  • Scared Brinnaria was, but even through her worst qualms of panic she was uplifted by an elating sense of her own importance.

    The Unwilling Vestal Edward Lucas White
  • The contrast now, instead of elating her, simply accentuated her reminiscence of guilt.

    Too Old for Dolls

    Anthony Mario Ludovici
British Dictionary definitions for elating


(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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for elating



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
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Nearby words for elating

Word Value for elating

Scrabble Words With Friends