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

Definition of elevate

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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 Despite that rousing comeback win over the Falcons and an encouraging Thursday night victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in his second start 11 nights later, Foles did little to elevate the offense. Dan Wiederer, chicagotribune.com, "We had 101 pressing questions for the Chicago Bears at the start of the season. Now, here are the 101 answers.," 29 Dec. 2020 Rightly or not, he was also deemed one of the sport’s most frustrating players, losing to second-rate opponents and struggling at times to elevate his game for matches he was expected to win. Washington Post, "Alex Olmedo, first male Latin American Grand Slam singles champion, dies at 84," 12 Dec. 2020 Nothing's chicer than a trendy pair of durable and supportive black boots to elevate your wife's wardrobe during the fall and winter months. Rachel Murphy, USA TODAY, "52 meaningful gift ideas your wife will love," 11 Dec. 2020 The company also sells a mix of chic teaware and infusers to elevate your afternoon tea time. Shelby Comroe, Marie Claire, "Coast to Coast: 50 Women-Run Businesses in America to Shop This Holiday," 7 Dec. 2020 Expect Henry, an Indiana native, to elevate his offensive performance while Joey Hauser looks much more comfortable and confident in his second game for MSU. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan State basketball at Notre Dame: Scouting report, prediction," 27 Nov. 2020 Everyone that is working on this needs to elevate their speech. Amy Gardner, Anchorage Daily News, "Georgia’s secretary of state says fellow Republicans are pressuring him to find ways to exclude legal ballots," 17 Nov. 2020 Her task—to elevate Signorello to elite status—has been complicated doubly, thanks to the fires in 2017, which all but razed the property, and this year’s blazes, which have had her in constant communication with a lab in British Columbia. Sunset Magazine, "From the Ashes: Signorello Winemaker Priyanka French Rises Again," 14 Nov. 2020 The Patriots are trying to turn their season around while the Bills are looking to hold their lead in the division and elevate their standing in the AFC playoff race. Jeremy Cluff, The Arizona Republic, "New England Patriots vs. Buffalo Bills picks, predictions: Who wins Week 8 NFL game?," 30 Oct. 2020

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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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“Elevate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/elevate. Accessed 6 Mar. 2021.

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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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