adjective el·e·vate \ ˈe-lə-ˌvāt , -vət \
Updated on: 10 Feb 2018

Definition of elevate


First Known Use of elevate

14th century



verb el·e·vate \ ˈe-lə-ˌvāt \

Definition of elevate

elevated; elevating
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

Examples of elevate in a Sentence

  1. exercises that elevate the heart rate

  2. seeing their son ordained as a priest was one of the most elevating moments in their lives

Recent Examples of elevate from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of elevate

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

Synonym Discussion of elevate

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

ELEVATE Defined for English Language Learners



Definition of elevate for English Language Learners

  • : to lift (something) up

  • : to increase the level of (something) : to make (something) higher

  • : to raise (someone) to a higher rank or level

ELEVATE Defined for Kids


verb el·e·vate \ ˈe-lə-ˌvāt \

Definition of elevate for Students

elevated; elevating
: to lift up : raise

Word Root of elevate

The Latin word levis, meaning “lightweight,” gives us the root lev. Words from the Latin levis have something to do with being light in weight. To levitate is to be so light as to rise up into the air. To elevate is to lift something up to a higher level as if it is lightweight. A lever is a bar used to help lift something up by making it feel lighter than it is.

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