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elevate

[verb el-uh-veyt; adjective el-uh-veyt, -vit]
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verb (used with object), el·e·vat·ed, el·e·vat·ing.
  1. to move or raise to a higher place or position; lift up.
  2. to raise to a higher state, rank, or office; exalt; promote: to elevate an archbishop to cardinal.
  3. to raise to a higher intellectual or spiritual level: Good poetry may elevate the mind.
  4. to raise the spirits; put in high spirits.
  5. to raise (the voice) in pitch or volume.
adjective
  1. 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 formsnon·el·e·vat·ing, adjectivere·el·e·vate, verb (used with object), re·el·e·vat·ed, re·el·e·vat·ing.

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.

Synonyms

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1. lift, hoist. 2. advance, upgrade, dignify.
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Examples from the Web for elevating

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Historical Examples

  • 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

elevate

verb (tr)
  1. to move to a higher place
  2. to raise in rank or status; promote
  3. to put in a cheerful mood; elate
  4. to put on a higher cultural plane; upliftto elevate the tone of a conversation
  5. to raise the axis of a gun
  6. to raise the intensity or pitch of (the voice)
  7. RC Church to lift up (the Host) at Mass for adoration
Derived Formselevatory, adjective

Word Origin

C15: from Latin ēlevāre from levāre to raise, from levis (adj) light
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Word Origin and History for elevating

elevate

v.

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.

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