\ 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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Nearly everyone in Clinton's campaign was elated with Perot's departure. Major Garrett, CBS News, "Analysis: What's missing from the Ross Perot obituaries," 11 July 2019 The sanctions, which have strained U.S. relations with Europe, have elated Washington’s allies in Israel and Arab Gulf states. Washington Post, "Iran says path to diplomacy ‘permanently closed’ following U.S. sanctions," 25 June 2019 Droste was elated, obviously, with the state title. Kyle Neddenriep, Indianapolis Star, "IHSAA baseball: Hamilton Southeastern wins Class 4A title over Columbus East," 18 June 2019 James, Durant, Curry—everyone in the league seems to respect Burke and to await her inquiries about the game or the state of their spirits (elated or crushed) with genuine respect. David Remnick, The New Yorker, "In Praise of Doris Burke, Basketball’s Best TV Analyst," 13 June 2019 The news elated Carl Guardino, president and CEO of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group and a key booster of the project. Rachel Swan, SFChronicle.com, "BART ready to test Silicon Valley extension, preparing to open it by year’s end," 6 June 2019 Obviously, some fans were elated about the idea of a reality TV icon starring on another hit reality show. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Khloé Kardashian Just Destroyed The Bachelorette Creator for Starting Rumors About Her," 24 Feb. 2019 If anything, people were elated the truth was finally confirmed. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Please, Just Let Bert and Ernie Be Gay," 19 Sep. 2018 Royal fans on Twitter were elated with Meghan's sustainable fashion choice: Basically, the Duchess of Sussex's fashion choices have inspired a plethora of new purchases once again. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle Wore Unexpected Shoes to the Beach, & Now Everybody Wants Them," 18 Oct. 2018

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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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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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