[ ih-leyt ]
/ ɪˈleɪt /

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


o·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 elating

  • In sacred canticles, some airs are for elating the heart into raptures, others to restore the mind to its former tranquillity.

  • However that might be, a sudden, elating thought caused him an intense joy.

  • The contrast now, instead of elating her, simply accentuated her reminiscence of guilt.

    Too Old for Dolls|Anthony Mario Ludovici
  • Scared Brinnaria was, but even through her worst qualms of panic she was uplifted by an elating sense of her own importance.

    The Unwilling Vestal|Edward Lucas White

British Dictionary definitions for elating

/ (ɪˈleɪt) /


(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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