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.

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.

Synonyms for exalt

Antonyms for exalt

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Examples from the Web for exalt

Contemporary Examples of exalt

Historical Examples of exalt

  • Favour for a person will exalt the one, as disfavour will sink the other.

    Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)

    Samuel Richardson

  • For how many years has it been my intention to exalt and ennoble you!

    Barnaby Rudge

    Charles Dickens

  • I am afraid he had none of the graces that can exalt one of these affairs.

    The Snare

    Rafael Sabatini

  • Some of its votaries, on the other hand, are inclined to exalt it unduly.

  • Which of these statues is calculated to uplift and to exalt all who come near?

    Italy, the Magic Land

    Lilian Whiting

British Dictionary definitions for exalt


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


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

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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