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

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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 Instead of kneeling before the world and succumbing to the allure of a late modernity that has no place for elevating conscience and binding truth, Cardinal Sarah calls on the Church to fearlessly witness to the truth about man. Daniel J. Mahoney, National Review, "Pope Francis, Wayward Shepherd," 6 Feb. 2020 Numerous studies over the past decade have shown that access to plants—including houseplants—reduces heart rate and blood pressure, improves concentration, elevates mood, and instills an overall sense of peace and relaxation. Heather Arndt Anderson, Sunset Magazine, "Therapy in a Terracotta Pot: Are Houseplants Good for Your Brain?," 14 Jan. 2020 In response, the world’s best hoteliers are elevating their fitness offering with gyms bigger, more comprehensive, and more high-tech than before. Chadner Navarro, Fortune, "High-Tech Fitness Offerings Are the Newest Luxury Hotel Must-Have," 13 Jan. 2020 And while no dinner party would be complete without lively conversation, the Spanish have elevated socializing into an art form. Vianessa Castanos, Harper's BAZAAR, "How to Throw a Tapas-Style Dinner Party," 11 Dec. 2019 On Wednesday morning, Rhonda Haag, the county’s sustainability director, released the first results of the county’s years-long effort to calculate how high its 300 miles of roads must be elevated to stay dry, and at what cost. BostonGlobe.com, "“I never would have dreamed we would say ‘no,’ ” Haag said. “But now, with the real estimates coming in, it’s a different story. And it’s not all doable.”," 5 Dec. 2019 Just for starters, Monroe is asking the state for $150 million to raise roads, elevate homes and move critical buildings to higher ground. Alex Harris, sun-sentinel.com, "The Keys face huge bill to survive sea rise. They’re asking Florida for help," 1 Dec. 2019 There's nothing a pair of sparkly heels can't elevate—and that includes an oversized cardigan tucked into your favorite jeans. Whitney Perry, Glamour, "How to Wear a Cardigan This Fall and Winter," 12 Nov. 2019 And those improvements have elevated Indiana’s offense near the top of the Big Ten. Zach Osterman, Indianapolis Star, "Film room: How IU coordinator Kalen DeBoer has transformed Hoosiers' offense," 22 Oct. 2019

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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 17 Feb. 2020.

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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 How to pronounce elevate (audio) \
elevated; elevating

Kids Definition of elevate

: to lift up : raise

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