- 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
1. See elevate.
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- 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
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
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