verb (used with object)
  1. to raise in rank, honor, power, character, quality, etc.; elevate: He was exalted to the position of president.
  2. to praise; extol: to exalt someone to the skies.
  3. to stimulate, as the imagination: The lyrics of Shakespeare exalted the audience.
  4. to intensify, as a color: complementary colors exalt each other.
  5. 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.

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Antonyms for exalt

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British Dictionary definitions for exalter


verb (tr)
  1. to raise or elevate in rank, position, dignity, etc
  2. to praise highly; glorify; extol
  3. to stimulate the mind or imagination of; excite
  4. to increase the intensity of (a colour, etc)
  5. to fill with joy or delight; elate
  6. 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 exalter



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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