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

advance, promote, raise, upgrade

Antonyms: Verb

abase, degrade, demote, downgrade, lower, reduce

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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

The complaint was elevated to HQ’s board of directors, and set off alarms, given Kroll’s past. Kurt Wagner, Recode, "HQ Trivia was a blockbuster hit — but internal turmoil and a shrinking audience have pushed it to the brink," 5 Nov. 2018 Nauert’s status within the administration was elevated in March when Trump shook up the leadership at the agency and replaced Tillerson with then-CIA Director Mike Pompeo. Jen Kirby, Vox, "State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert may be the next UN ambassador," 1 Nov. 2018 The Mavic 2 Enterprise has been elevated from the consumer version in other ways, too. Sean O'kane, The Verge, "DJI’s new drone features swappable search and rescue accessories," 29 Oct. 2018 Current justices John Roberts, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Clarence Thomas were each elevated from there. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: Kavanaugh’s paper trail makes his confirmation harder but ensures he’ll be reliably conservative," 10 July 2018 The green is elevated and features plenty of undulation, making this a true test from start to finish. Brent Kennedy, Howard County Times, "Worthington Manor Golf Club," 29 June 2018 Republican voters have elevated unconditional support for Trump into a first principle. Jonathan Chait, Daily Intelligencer, "The GOP Is Trump’s Personality Cult. Could Democrats Do the Same?," 27 June 2018 The huge green in terms of width is elevated just enough that the putting surface looks incredibly narrow from the tee. Brent Kennedy, The Aegis, "Mountain Branch Golf Club," 22 June 2018 Rizzo, 70, was elevated to lead the state party after chairing the Palm Beach County Democrats. Christine Sexton, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Florida Democratic Party chairwoman sees 'energy and excitement' around midterm elections," 20 June 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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