el·​e·​vate | \ ˈe-lə-ˌvāt How to pronounce elevate (audio) , -vət \

Definition of elevate

 (Entry 1 of 2)



el·​e·​vate | \ ˈe-lə-ˌvāt How to pronounce elevate (audio) \
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

Synonyms & Antonyms for elevate

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Verb

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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

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 Her business sources its products from rural farmers, who are mostly women, and is on a mission to help elevate Ghana’s economy by processing and roasting coffee locally, rather than only exporting raw materials. Emma Hinchliffe And Paige Mcglauflin, Fortune, 12 May 2022 For me, that was teaching and helping elevate others. Rolling Stone Culture Council, Rolling Stone, 10 May 2022 Either way, these accessories are adorable and can really help elevate both your outfit and your makeup look. Angela Trakoshis, Allure, 7 May 2022 With a win-now quarterback who helps elevate weapons like Ryan, plus learning from a former Colts legend in new position coach Reggie Wayne, Pierce is set up to thrive and have an accelerated learning curve. Evan Sidery, Forbes, 30 Apr. 2022 The defensive lineman helped elevate a Michigan program that had been stuck in a lull. Kirkland Crawford, Detroit Free Press, 29 Apr. 2022 The Century City firm has a female-majority board that oversees day-to-day management and has programs internally to help elevate next-generation agents, executives and interns. Wendy Leestaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 28 Apr. 2022 For more information on building your own Parent Village, including how to foster a community, forge a collective identity, elevate expectations for society and fight for change, visit parentnation.org. Dana Suskind, Good Housekeeping, 26 Apr. 2022 Fieg turns brackish at the suggestion that Kith has helped elevate anything. Kareem Rashed, Robb Report, 26 Feb. 2022 See More

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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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“Elevate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/elevate. Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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el·​e·​vate | \ ˈe-lə-ˌvāt How to pronounce elevate (audio) \
elevated; elevating

Kids Definition of elevate

: to lift up : raise

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