- to raise in rank, honor, power, character, quality, etc.; elevate: He was exalted to the position of president.
- to praise; extol: to exalt someone to the skies.
- to stimulate, as the imagination: The lyrics of Shakespeare exalted the audience.
- to intensify, as a color: complementary colors exalt each other.
- Obsolete. to elate, as with pride or joy.
Origin of exalt
1375–1425; late Middle English exalten < Latin exaltāre to lift up, equivalent to ex- ex-1 + alt(us) high + -āre infinitive ending
1. See elevate.
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1. promote, dignify, raise, ennoble. 2. glorify.
1. humble. 2. depreciate.
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Examples from the Web for exalt
Washington has a serious tendency to exalt semantics over common sense.Egypt’s Declaration of Independence: Not So Different From Ours
July 4, 2013
Not exactly the kind of jobs a new president wants to exalt as the solution of the future.Starting on Day One, New Ad Lists Everything Romney Would Accomplish
May 18, 2012
Favour for a person will exalt the one, as disfavour will sink the other.Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
For how many years has it been my intention to exalt and ennoble you!Barnaby Rudge
I am afraid he had none of the graces that can exalt one of these affairs.The Snare
Some of its votaries, on the other hand, are inclined to exalt it unduly.Introduction to the Study of History
Charles V. Langlois
Which of these statues is calculated to uplift and to exalt all who come near?Italy, the Magic Land
- to raise or elevate in rank, position, dignity, etc
- to praise highly; glorify; extol
- to stimulate the mind or imagination of; excite
- to increase the intensity of (a colour, etc)
- to fill with joy or delight; elate
- obsolete to lift up physically
C15: from Latin exaltāre to raise, from altus high
Exalt is sometimes wrongly used where exult is meant: he was exulting (not exalting) in his win earlier that day
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Word Origin and History for exalt
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