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exalt

[ ig-zawlt ]
/ ɪgˈzɔlt /
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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.

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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

synonym study for exalt

1. See elevate.

OTHER WORDS FROM exalt

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

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH exalt

exalt , exult
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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 forms of exalt

exalter, noun

Word Origin for exalt

C15: from Latin exaltāre to raise, from altus high

usage for exalt

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