very happy or proud; jubilant; in high spirits: an elated winner of a contest.

Origin of elated

First recorded in 1605–15; elate + -ed2
Related formse·lat·ed·ly, adverbe·lat·ed·ness, nounsu·per·e·lat·ed, adjectiveun·e·lat·ed, adjective

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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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Examples from the Web for elated

Contemporary Examples of elated

Historical Examples of elated

  • Never since the war began had Dick felt so elated as he did that morning.

    The Rock of Chickamauga

    Joseph A. Altsheler

  • Mr. Torrance is elated to share a secret with Roger about which mother is not to know.

    Echoes of the War

    J. M. Barrie

  • Another voice, stalwart, elated, cut through it like a sword.

    The Cavalier

    George Washington Cable

  • He was as elated as I, but I forgot the past long, long siege, while he remembered it.

  • Leicester was extremely pleased and elated with these honors.

    Queen Elizabeth

    Jacob Abbott

British Dictionary definitions for elated



full of high spirits, exhilaration, pride or optimism; very happy
Derived Formselatedly, adverbelatedness, noun



(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 elated

1610s, past participle adjective from 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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