\ 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

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 TO112 Hand & Body wash + lotion is a twofold practice intended to elate and enrich the surface and soul, granting symmetry to all skin types. Joseph Deacetis, Forbes, 2 Nov. 2021 One or two election cycles ago, a candidate with McGrath’s understanding of the climate crisis would have been enough to elate the state’s environmental community. James Bruggers, The Courier-Journal, 15 Sep. 2020 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, 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, 20 Feb. 2019 Vescovo was elated when the lander reached the surface. Ben Taub, The New Yorker, 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, 20 Jan. 2020 Children were elated when the Easter Bunny was spotted turning on their street. John Kuntz, cleveland, 4 Apr. 2020 Now he’ll be elated if Premier brings in half that. Cheryl Hall, Dallas News, 5 Apr. 2020 See More

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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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“Elate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/elate. Accessed 5 Oct. 2022.

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More Definitions for elate


\ 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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