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[ig-zawlt] /ɪgˈzɔlt/
verb (used with object)
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
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English exalten < Latin exaltāre to lift up, equivalent to ex- ex-1 + alt(us) high + -āre infinitive ending
Related forms
exalter, noun
self-exalting, adjective
superexalt, verb (used with object)
unexalting, adjective
Can be confused
exalt, exult.
1. promote, dignify, raise, ennoble. 2. glorify.
1. humble. 2. depreciate.
Synonym Study
1. See elevate. Unabridged
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  • Moreover it is against right reason to exalt human power over spiritual power, which is supreme over all powers.

  • The edge of the cataract is crimped by indentations which exalt its beauty.

  • I bow myself under the yoke but for a moment, only in order to exalt myself the more proudly.

    The Home Fredrika Bremer
  • If the absence of decoration could exalt the beauty of his Venus, here had been her perfection.

    Ariadne Florentina John Ruskin
  • I wondered what could exalt him from the distress in which he had long appeared, to so much alacrity.

    The Tatler, Volume 1, 1899 George A. Aitken
  • There is no reason to exalt or to disparage either at the expense of the other.

    Vegetable Teratology Maxwell T. Masters
  • The Grand Sultan might exalt her to be his chief wife, but he could never make a lady of her, or get her to look like one.

    Elster's Folly Mrs. Henry Wood
  • What is despised to-day, she can exalt to-morrow to the very pinnacle of honor.

    Aurelian William Ware
British Dictionary definitions for exalt


verb (transitive)
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
Derived Forms
exalter, noun
Usage note
Exalt is sometimes wrongly used where exult is meant: he was exulting (not exalting) in his win earlier that day
Word Origin
C15: from Latin exaltāre to raise, from altus high
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Contemporary definitions for exalt

to fill with joy; to elate

Word Origin

Latin ex- + altus 'high'

Usage Note

transitive's 21st Century Lexicon
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Word Origin and History for exalt

late 14c., from Old French exalter (10c.), from Latin exaltare "raise, elevate," from ex- "out, up" (see ex-) + altus "high" (see old). Related: Exalted; exalting.

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