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[verb el-uh-veyt; adjective el-uh-veyt, -vit] /verb ˈɛl əˌveɪt; adjective ˈɛl əˌveɪt, -vɪt/
verb (used with object), elevated, elevating.
to move or raise to a higher place or position; lift up.
to raise to a higher state, rank, or office; exalt; promote:
to elevate an archbishop to cardinal.
to raise to a higher intellectual or spiritual level:
Good poetry may elevate the mind.
to raise the spirits; put in high spirits.
to raise (the voice) in pitch or volume.
Archaic. raised; elevated.
Origin of elevate
1490-1500; < Latin ēlevātus lightened, lifted up (past participle of ēlevāre), equivalent to ē- e-1 + lev- light + -ātus -ate1
Related forms
nonelevating, adjective
reelevate, verb (used with object), reelevated, reelevating.
1. lift, hoist. 2. advance, upgrade, dignify.
Synonym Study
2. Elevate, enhance, exalt, heighten mean to raise or make higher in some respect. To elevate is to raise something up to a higher level, position, or state: to elevate the living standards of a group. To enhance is to add to the attractions or desirability of something: Landscaping enhances the beauty of the grounds. To exalt is to raise very high in rank, character, estimation, mood, etc.: A king is exalted above his subjects. To heighten is to increase the strength or intensity: to heighten one's powers of concentration. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Such a book never ceases to exercise an elevating and ennobling influence.

    Self-Help Samuel Smiles
  • Much of this gossip deals with matters which are not of an elevating character.

    Things as They Are Amy Wilson-Carmichael
  • She stiffened slightly and drew back, elevating her eyebrows to the frost-line.

    Nobody Louis Joseph Vance
  • Clean, elevating and full of fun and vigor, books that should be read by every boy.

  • "Yes, sir," returned other, elevating his little head with an air of importance.

    The Pioneers James Fenimore Cooper
British Dictionary definitions for elevating


verb (transitive)
to move to a higher place
to raise in rank or status; promote
to put in a cheerful mood; elate
to put on a higher cultural plane; uplift: to elevate the tone of a conversation
to raise the axis of a gun
to raise the intensity or pitch of (the voice)
(RC Church) to lift up (the Host) at Mass for adoration
Derived Forms
elevatory, adjective
Word Origin
C15: from Latin ēlevāre from levāre to raise, from levis (adj) light
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for elevating



late 15c., from Latin elevatus, past participle of elevare "lift up, raise," figuratively, "to lighten, alleviate," from ex- "out" (see ex-) + levare "lighten, raise," from levis "light" in weight (see lever). Related: Elevated; elevating.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for elevating



To rob: go out and ''elevate'' a bank

[1920s+; probably a play on heist]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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