\ i-ˈlāt How to pronounce elate (audio) \
elated; elating

Definition of elate

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

: to fill with joy or pride



Definition of elate (Entry 2 of 2)

: elated I smiled to myself and felt elate— Charlotte Brontë

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Synonyms & Antonyms for elate

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Verb

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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: Verb While the wind presented a challenge, Widmier was elated that the event was able to proceed and that a respectable fleet had turned out. al, "Fair winds: Sailing along a coast coming back to life," 20 May 2020 Williams was elated that the duchess wore one of her pieces and celebrated the look on Instagram last fall. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle and Serena Williams Reunite for Dinner in NYC," 20 Feb. 2019 Vescovo was elated when the lander reached the surface. Ben Taub, The New Yorker, "Thirty-six Thousand Feet," 10 May 2020 While Tesla fans have been elated with the stock gains, the advance has inflicted pain on investors who wagered that the shares would fall. Julia-ambra Verlaine, WSJ, "The Investor Clash Behind Tesla’s Surge Toward $100 Billion in Market Value," 20 Jan. 2020 Children were elated when the Easter Bunny was spotted turning on their street. John Kuntz, cleveland, "Easter Bunny visits Rocky River neighborhoods," 4 Apr. 2020 Now he’ll be elated if Premier brings in half that. Cheryl Hall, Dallas News, "D-FW execs fight to keep the lights on as they face a common enemy," 5 Apr. 2020 Many pups are likely feeling elated over seeing their human friends home early. Washington Post, "Roads, Metro stations get crowded as weather conditions deteriorate around Washington," 7 Jan. 2020 Fans are generally elated with what the Reds have done. John Fay, Cincinnati.com, "RedsXtra: Reds were looking beyond the numbers to Rolen Factor with acquisitions," 1 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of elate


circa 1619, in the meaning defined above


1647, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for elate


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

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The first known use of elate was circa 1619

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“Elate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/elate. Accessed 11 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of elate

: to make (someone) very happy and excited


\ i-ˈlāt How to pronounce elate (audio) \
elated; elating

Kids Definition of elate

: to fill with joy or pride Winning the game elated our fans.

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