elevate

adjective
el·​e·​vate | \ ˈe-lə-ˌvāt , -vət\

Definition of elevate

 (Entry 1 of 2)

archaic

elevate

verb
el·​e·​vate | \ ˈe-lə-ˌvāt \
elevated; elevating

Definition of elevate (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to lift up or make higher : raise elevate a patient's leg exercises that elevate the heart rate
2 : to raise in rank or status was elevated to chairman
3 : to improve morally, intellectually, or culturally great books that both entertain and elevate their readers
4 : to raise the spirits of : elate

intransitive verb

: to become elevated : rise his voice elevated to a shout

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Synonyms & Antonyms for elevate

Synonyms: Verb

elate, enrapture, exhilarate, intoxicate, transport

Antonyms: Verb

depress

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Verb

lift, raise, rear, elevate, hoist, heave, boost mean to move from a lower to a higher place or position. lift usually implies exerting effort to overcome resistance of weight. lift the chair while I vacuum raise carries a stronger implication of bringing up to the vertical or to a high position. scouts raising a flagpole rear may add an element of suddenness to raise. suddenly reared itself up on its hind legs elevate may replace lift or raise especially when exalting or enhancing is implied. elevated the taste of the public hoist implies lifting something heavy especially by mechanical means. hoisted the cargo on board heave implies lifting and throwing with great effort or strain. heaved the heavy crate inside boost suggests assisting to climb or advance by a push. boosted his brother over the fence

Examples of elevate in a Sentence

Verb

exercises that elevate the heart rate seeing their son ordained as a priest was one of the most elevating moments in their lives

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Emily wore the simple-yet-versatile wardrobe staple as a mini dress and elevated the look with minimal jewelry. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kendall Jenner and Emily Ratajkowski Are Style Twins in Matching Black Turtlenecks at the Same Basketball Game," 25 Jan. 2019 Actor Colman Domingo opens up about smashing through tired tropes and elevating the work of James Baldwin. Joelle Monique, Teen Vogue, ""If Beale Street Could Talk" Highlights the Power of Love in a World Designed for Black People to Fail," 9 Jan. 2019 And the experience of getting to learn about McLauchlin’s fascinating life story and work are nothing short of soul-elevating. Jaimie Potters, ELLE Decor, "A Design Lover's Guide to Visiting San Miguel de Allende," 7 Jan. 2019 Our heroine is Cassandra Price, a brilliant mess of a human being eking out an existence at a megacorporation that her father’s work helped elevate into one of the most lucrative companies in the world. Laura Hudson, The Verge, "Zoe Quinn’s Goddess Mode makes cyberpunk magic from the internet," 27 Dec. 2018 While denim was certainly an unorthodox choice, it was instantly elevated thanks to her fitted Chanel cardigan and super luxe accessories, namely a simple black belt furnished with the house’s double-C hardware and a pair of gold booties. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "This French Actress Gives the Front Row Dress Code a Radical Makeover at Chanel’s Couture Show in Paris," 22 Jan. 2019 Most are dirt, and the ones near the river—just like the homes—are elevated 10 to 20 feet to accommodate seasonal flooding. Eric Bellman, WSJ, "Amazon, to Win in Booming Rural India, Reinvents Itself," 31 Dec. 2018 Garland was appointed to the powerful federal appeals court in the District of Columbia by former President Bill Clinton, a Democrat, in 1997; he was elevated to chief judge of the court in 2013. Kaitlyn Schallhorn, Fox News, "Kavanaugh praises Merrick Garland, Obama's Supreme Court pick, during hearing: 'He's a great judge'," 6 Sep. 2018 And the building will be elevated three feet above the sidewalk. New York Times, "New Buildings Rise in Flood Zones," 6 July 2018

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First Known Use of elevate

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for elevate

Verb

Middle English, from Latin elevatus, past participle of elevare, from e- + levare to raise — more at lever

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The first known use of elevate was in the 14th century

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elevate

verb

English Language Learners Definition of elevate

: to lift (something) up
: to increase the level of (something) : to make (something) higher
: to raise (someone) to a higher rank or level

elevate

verb
el·​e·​vate | \ ˈe-lə-ˌvāt \
elevated; elevating

Kids Definition of elevate

: to lift up : raise

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