- 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 exalting
I should rejoice to see her passing through a discipline so chastening and exalting.Ernest Linwood
Caroline Lee Hentz
“And then, the filthy, toping rioters—” she continued, exalting her voice.Southern Literature From 1579-1895
Two things I can't bear—your lowering yourself like this, and your exalting me.A Pessimist
But the brilliancy is here not only penetrating, but also exalting.The Sense of Beauty
Beethoven insists on exalting you, but Wagner lets you revel and feel naughty.The Folly Of Eustace
Robert S. Hichens
- 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 exalting
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