[ verb el-uh-veyt; adjective el-uh-veyt, -vit ]
/ verb ˈɛl əˌveɪt; adjective ˈɛl əˌveɪt, -vɪt /
verb (used with object), el·e·vat·ed, el·e·vat·ing.
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.
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Origin of elevate
Related formsnon·el·e·vat·ing, adjectivere·el·e·vate, verb (used with object), re·el·e·vat·ed, re·el·e·vat·ing.
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.
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British Dictionary definitions for re-elevate
/ (ˈɛlɪˌveɪt) /
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
Derived Formselevatory, adjective
Word Origin for elevate
C15: from Latin ēlevāre from levāre to raise, from levis (adj) light
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