\ 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

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

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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 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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incapable of being surmounted or overcome

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