\i-ˈlāt \
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

elevate, enrapture, exhilarate, intoxicate, transport

Antonyms: Verb


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Examples of elate in a Sentence


The discovery has elated researchers. the winning of the state basketball championship elated the whole town

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Conservatives are elated at that, liberals not so much. Fox News, "Schlapp: Trump wants nominee who will uphold Constitution," 28 June 2018 Like the oceanographers, Althaus was at first elated by the find. Tom Avril, Philly.com, "World War II B-24 bomber found in South Pacific, 7 decades later," 25 May 2018 Ranz, who was once elated by the case’s prospects, now seemed dejected. Matías Costa, Smithsonian, "The Battle Over the Memory of the Spanish Civil War," 28 June 2018 For three days, Afghans were united and elated by the possibility of peace. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: Crowley going down spotlights the looming Democratic identity crisis," 27 June 2018 Speaking candidly in a brief interview with the press after her free skate, Nagasu, 24, said the experience of her second Olympics had been a series of elating highs and depleting lows. Adam Carlson, PEOPLE.com, "Skater Mirai Nagasu Wants to Be on DWTS as She Looks Past 10th-Place Finish in Last Olympic Event," 23 Feb. 2018 Industry groups were elated at the prospect of undoing the changes. Umair Irfan, Vox, "The BP oil spill led to new protections for US waters. Trump repealed them.," 22 June 2018 Bobbie Siegel said she was elated by the response of the audience. Karen Zurawski, Houston Chronicle, "Katy couple use musical revue to entertain, teach," 15 May 2018 Gradient sparkles dusted on a platinum pixie✨ @majormoonn gel really elates the inner child. Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "Cara Delevingne's Hairstylist Shows Off Three Daring Ways To Style a Pixie Cut," 14 Nov. 2017

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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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English Language Learners Definition of elate

: to make (someone) very happy and excited


\i-ˈlāt \
elated; elating

Kids Definition of elate

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

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to clear from alleged fault or guilt

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