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  1. very happy or proud; jubilant; in high spirits: an elated winner of a contest.
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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.
  1. to make very happy or proud: news to elate the hearer.
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  1. elated.
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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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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


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


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

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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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