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elate

[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.
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adjective
  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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Related Words

exhilarategladdenencouragecheer

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Historical Examples

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

    Roads of Destiny

    O. Henry

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

  • 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

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

    Too Old for Dolls

    Anthony Mario Ludovici


British Dictionary definitions for elating

elate

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

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 elating

elate

v.

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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