[ verb el-uh-veyt; adjective el-uh-veyt, -vit ]
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verb (used with object),el·e·vat·ed, el·e·vat·ing.
  1. to move or raise to a higher place or position; lift up.

  2. to raise to a higher state, rank, or office; exalt; promote: to elevate an archbishop to cardinal.

  1. to raise to a higher intellectual or spiritual level: Good poetry may elevate the mind.

  2. to raise the spirits; put in high spirits.

  3. to raise (the voice) in pitch or volume.

  1. Archaic. raised; elevated.

Origin of elevate

First recorded in 1490–1500; from Latin ēlevātus “lightened, lifted up,” past participle of ēlevāre “to lift up,” from ē- e-1 + levāre “to lighten, lift”; see relieve

synonym study For 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.

Other words for elevate

Other words from elevate

  • non·el·e·vat·ing, adjective
  • re·el·e·vate, verb (used with object), re·el·e·vat·ed, re·el·e·vat·ing.

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How to use elevate in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for elevate


/ (ˈɛlɪˌveɪt) /

  1. to move to a higher place

  2. to raise in rank or status; promote

  1. to put in a cheerful mood; elate

  2. to put on a higher cultural plane; uplift: to elevate the tone of a conversation

  3. to raise the axis of a gun

  4. to raise the intensity or pitch of (the voice)

  5. RC Church to lift up (the Host) at Mass for adoration

Origin of elevate

C15: from Latin ēlevāre from levāre to raise, from levis (adj) light

Derived forms of elevate

  • elevatory, adjective

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