el·e·vate | \ˈe-lə-ˌvāt, -vət\

Definition of elevate 

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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

advance, promote, raise, upgrade

Antonyms: Verb

abase, degrade, demote, downgrade, lower, reduce

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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


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

Rob Likens was elevated to offensive coordinator after spending last season as the team’s passing coordinator, so his familiarity with Wilkins should make the transition to a new style of play a lot smoother. Matt Murschel, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Arizona State counts on Herm Edwards to lead revival, is No. 79 in 2018 preseason college football rankings," 9 June 2018 His teachings included the idea that murder may spiritually elevate both killer and victim. Author: Stuart Biggs, Gearoid Reidy, Anchorage Daily News, "Japan executes cult leader and 6 others for deadly 1995 sarin attack," 6 July 2018 To President Trump's critics the North Korea summit was a self-serving spectacle that achieved little and elevated a ruthless dictator. NBC News, "Meet the Press - June 17, 2018," 17 June 2018 The spaces are reminiscent of dorm living, albeit with a modern, elevated feel. Jennifer Van Grove, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Is this the only way millennials can live in a house?," 24 May 2018 Davis says: Outstanding, onions really shine and elevate this patty melt. cleveland.com, "The City Diner in Cleveland is not your typical local diner," 8 May 2018 That means a company that wants to reach potential customers in Louisville and elevate its name around the region, if not nationally, is likely to step in, Brand said, adding that in the case of colleges, an alumni link is always possible, too. Grace Schneider, The Courier-Journal, "Pizza Hut, Kroger, Republic Bank? Who wants Cardinal Stadium naming rights," 13 July 2018 If elevated, the judge would pose an existential threat to the government’s ability to regulate for the common good and further twist the First Amendment beyond recognition, using it as a sword to advance his personal political preferences. Sam Dangremond, Town & Country, "Yale Law Students and Alumni Denounce School's Support of Brett Kavanaugh," 11 July 2018 Orlando Magic forward Jonathan Isaac and Magic center Mo Bamba converged on Jackson and elevated skyward — Isaac’s right arm and Bamba’s left arm extending upward, toward the arena’s roof. Josh Robbins, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Mo Bamba, Jonathan Isaac and Magic dominate on defense against Grizzlies," 9 July 2018

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First Known Use of elevate


14th century, in the meaning defined above


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

History and Etymology for elevate


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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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


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

Kids Definition of elevate

: to lift up : raise

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