verb (used with object), e·lat·ed, e·lat·ing.

to make very happy or proud: news to elate the hearer.


Origin of elate

1350–1400; Middle English elat proud, exalted < Latin ēlātus carried away, lifted up (past participle of efferre), equivalent to ē- e-1 + lā- carry, lift (see translate) + -tus past participle suffix
Related formso·ver·e·late, verb (used with object), o·ver·e·lat·ed, o·ver·e·lat·ing.un·e·lat·ing, adjective
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Related Words for elate

exhilarate, gladden, encourage, cheer

Examples from the Web for elate

Historical Examples of elate

  • He held out his arms with a gesture indescribable, elate, nervous with his passion.

  • He was very sprightly and elate, but I was in no sort of mood to share in his buoyancy.

    The Trail of '98

    Robert W. Service

  • The host, elate with the honour of Nell's coming, was eager to offer us accommodation.

    Simon Dale

    Anthony Hope

  • This they knew the desert could never do, and it caused their spirits to elate with hope.

  • I would have been elate but it occurred to me there was an inconsistency.

British Dictionary definitions for elate



(tr) to fill with high spirits, exhilaration, pride or optimism

Word Origin for elate

C16: from Latin ēlāt- stem of past participle of efferre to bear away, from ferre to carry
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Word Origin and History for elate

1570s, literal, "to raise, elevate," probably from Latin elatus "uplifted, exalted," past participle of effere (see elation), or else a back-formation from elation. Figurative use from 1610s. Related: Elated; elating.

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