[verb el-uh-veyt; adjective el-uh-veyt, -vit]
- to move or raise to a higher place or position; lift up.
- to raise to a higher state, rank, or office; exalt; promote: to elevate an archbishop to cardinal.
- to raise to a higher intellectual or spiritual level: Good poetry may elevate the mind.
- to raise the spirits; put in high spirits.
- to raise (the voice) in pitch or volume.
- Archaic. raised; elevated.
Origin of elevate
2. Elevate, enhance, exalt, heighten mean to raise or make higher in some respect. To elevate is to raise something up to a higher level, position, or state: to elevate the living standards of a group. To enhance is to add to the attractions or desirability of something: Landscaping enhances the beauty of the grounds. To exalt is to raise very high in rank, character, estimation, mood, etc.: A king is exalted above his subjects. To heighten is to increase the strength or intensity: to heighten one's powers of concentration.
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And this helped to perfect his character, to elevate him to a complete forgetfulness of self.Doctor Pascal
Your motto should be to elevate the standard of your flocks, rather than to increase their number beyond your means of feeding.
Will it elevate his thoughts and desires to higher and nobler aims, or inspire him to "look from nature up to nature's God?"
To promote their happiness is not his first object, but to elevate their moral nature.Philebus
- to move to a higher place
- to raise in rank or status; promote
- to put in a cheerful mood; elate
- to put on a higher cultural plane; upliftto elevate the tone of a conversation
- to raise the axis of a gun
- to raise the intensity or pitch of (the voice)
- RC Church to lift up (the Host) at Mass for adoration
C15: from Latin ēlevāre from levāre to raise, from levis (adj) light
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Word Origin and History for elevate
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