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elated; elating

transitive verb

: to fill with joy or pride


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: elated
I smiled to myself and felt elateCharlotte Brontë

Examples of elate in a Sentence

Verb The discovery has elated researchers. the winning of the state basketball championship elated the whole town
Recent Examples on the Web
The scenes of them jaunting around their neighborhood are elating. Peter Rainer, The Christian Science Monitor, 29 May 2024 Jones teachers told The Washington Post that the win elated a group of deserving colleagues, who pledged to use the money to pay bills, fund dream vacations, and donate to their students and community. Daniel Wu, Washington Post, 7 Feb. 2024 Vogue's annual Forces of Fashion never fails to elate fashion lovers. Concetta Ciarlo, Vogue, 20 Oct. 2023 As elating as Sunday was, there’s more baseball left. Jacob Calvin Meyer, Baltimore Sun, 18 Sep. 2023 See all Example Sentences for elate 

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Word History



Latin elatus (past participle of efferre to carry out, elevate), from e- + latus, past participle of ferre to carry — more at tolerate, bear

First Known Use


circa 1619, in the meaning defined above


1647, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of elate was circa 1619

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Cite this Entry

“Elate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/elate. Accessed 14 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


elated; elating
: to fill with joy or pride
elated over the team's victory
elatedly adverb
elatedness noun

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