exalt

[ ig-zawlt ]
/ ɪgˈzɔlt /

verb (used with object)

to raise in rank, honor, power, character, quality, etc.; elevate: He was exalted to the position of president.
to praise; extol: to exalt someone to the skies.
to stimulate, as the imagination: The lyrics of Shakespeare exalted the audience.
to intensify, as a color: complementary colors exalt each other.
Obsolete. to elate, as with pride or joy.

Nearby words

  1. exaggerate,
  2. exaggerated,
  3. exaggeration,
  4. exaggerative,
  5. exahertz,
  6. exaltation,
  7. exalted,
  8. exam,
  9. exam.,
  10. examen

Origin of exalt

1375–1425; late Middle English exalten < Latin exaltāre to lift up, equivalent to ex- ex-1 + alt(us) high + -āre infinitive ending

Related formsex·alt·er, nounself-ex·alt·ing, adjectivesu·per·ex·alt, verb (used with object)un·ex·alt·ing, adjective

Can be confusedexalt exult

Synonym study

1. See elevate.

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British Dictionary definitions for exalt

exalt

/ (ɪɡˈzɔːlt) /

verb (tr)

to raise or elevate in rank, position, dignity, etc
to praise highly; glorify; extol
to stimulate the mind or imagination of; excite
to increase the intensity of (a colour, etc)
to fill with joy or delight; elate
obsolete to lift up physically
Derived Formsexalter, noun

Word Origin for exalt

C15: from Latin exaltāre to raise, from altus high

usage

Exalt is sometimes wrongly used where exult is meant: he was exulting (not exalting) in his win earlier that day

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Word Origin and History for exalt

exalt

v.

late 14c., from Old French exalter (10c.), from Latin exaltare "raise, elevate," from ex- "out, up" (see ex-) + altus "high" (see old). Related: Exalted; exalting.

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