[ ih-leyt ]
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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.


Origin of elate

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English elat “proud, exalted,” from Latin ēlātus “borne away, lifted up,” past participle of efferre “to bear away, lift up,” from ē- e-1 + ferre “to bear, bring, carry”; for the element -lātus, earlier tlātus (unrecorded), see also thole2, tolerate

Other words from elate

  • 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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How to use elate in a sentence

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

    Roads of Destiny | O. Henry
  • The contrast now, instead of elating her, simply accentuated her reminiscence of guilt.

    Too Old for Dolls | Anthony Mario Ludovici
  • The extreme kindness and cordiality of these two was very pleasing to me, though rather elating.

  • To paint as they did was an intoxication, subtler and stronger than a drug and more elating than young love.

    Modern Painting, Its Tendency and Meaning | Willard Huntington Wright
  • In sacred canticles, some airs are for elating the heart into raptures, others to restore the mind to its former tranquillity.

British Dictionary definitions for elate


/ (ɪˈleɪt) /

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

Origin of elate

C16: from Latin ēlāt- stem of past participle of efferre to bear away, from ferre to carry

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