[verb el-uh-veyt; adjective el-uh-veyt, -vit]
- to move or raise to a higher place or position; lift up.
- to raise to a higher state, rank, or office; exalt; promote: to elevate an archbishop to cardinal.
- to raise to a higher intellectual or spiritual level: Good poetry may elevate the mind.
- to raise the spirits; put in high spirits.
- to raise (the voice) in pitch or volume.
- Archaic. raised; elevated.
Origin of elevate
2. Elevate, enhance, exalt, heighten mean to raise or make higher in some respect. To elevate is to raise something up to a higher level, position, or state: to elevate the living standards of a group. To enhance is to add to the attractions or desirability of something: Landscaping enhances the beauty of the grounds. To exalt is to raise very high in rank, character, estimation, mood, etc.: A king is exalted above his subjects. To heighten is to increase the strength or intensity: to heighten one's powers of concentration.
Synonyms for elevate
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- to move to a higher place
- to raise in rank or status; promote
- to put in a cheerful mood; elate
- to put on a higher cultural plane; upliftto elevate the tone of a conversation
- to raise the axis of a gun
- to raise the intensity or pitch of (the voice)
- RC Church to lift up (the Host) at Mass for adoration
Word Origin for elevate
C15: from Latin ēlevāre from levāre to raise, from levis (adj) light
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