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Definition of elevated

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1a : raised especially above the ground or other surface an elevated highway
b : increased especially abnormally (as in degree or amount) elevated blood pressure
2a : being morally or intellectually on a high plane : refined elevated conversation
b : formal, dignified elevated diction
3 : exhilarated in mood or feeling



Definition of elevated (Entry 2 of 2)

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Synonyms & Antonyms for elevated

Synonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Adjective

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Examples of elevated in a Sentence

Adjective Her poetry is known for its elevated style. an elevated monorail that transports visitors all over the theme park
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Phase 2, which is slated to begin in February, focuses on individuals 75 and older and younger people with at least two or more medical conditions that put them at elevated risk of severe illness from COVID-19. David Abel, BostonGlobe.com, "When will people be able to get the COVID-19 vaccine, and how will they know?," 12 Jan. 2021 But their detection would provide proof of principle for the wellness-to-disease transition model, and add to the knowledge needed for broadening this approach to elevated-genetic-risk segments of the healthy population. Members Of The Oncology Think Tank, Scientific American, "We Must Find Ways to Detect Cancer Much Earlier," 8 Jan. 2021 As the Covid-19 pandemic spread across the world this spring, Ms. Jansen thought there could be an elevated risk of young people committing cybercrimes when they were stuck at home. Catherine Stupp, WSJ, "Dutch Program Aims to Deter Young Hackers Before They Commit Crimes," 21 Dec. 2020 It’s no coincidence; the areas are home to a large number of essential workers, who have not been able to stay home and avoid elevated risk. Lila Seidman, Los Angeles Times, "L.A. dispatches mobile COVID-19 testing to high-risk communities of color," 15 Dec. 2020 Those at elevated risk: This is where each state may have vastly different plans, as needs vary by region. Zee Krstic, Good Housekeeping, "How Do I Get a COVID-19 Vaccine? Everything You Need to Know Before Getting a Shot," 14 Dec. 2020 The firm, which owns low-income rental buildings, claimed its apartment building staff faced an elevated risk of catching and spreading the coronavirus. Stephen Gandel, CBS News, "Airlines, investment firms and Uber urge me-first in vaccination distribution," 11 Dec. 2020 The treatments are intended for people who have an elevated risk of a severe COVID-19 infection and recently tested positive as a way to potentially reduce their risk of needing hospitalization. Morgan Krakow, Anchorage Daily News, "Antibody infusion center opens in Anchorage to treat those most at risk for severe COVID-19 infections," 10 Dec. 2020 The elevated rate comes as public health officials locally and nationwide acknowledge their efforts to vaccinate front-line workers and health care professionals has lagged expectations. Washington Post, "Virginia sets single-day record for coronavirus infections on final day of 2020," 31 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of elevated


1553, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1881, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of elevated was in 1553

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19 Jan 2021

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“Elevated.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/elevated. Accessed 24 Jan. 2021.

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How to pronounce elevated (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of elevated

: raised above the ground
: higher than normal
: having an intelligent and usually formal tone or quality


el·​e·​vat·​ed | \ ˈel-ə-ˌvāt-əd How to pronounce elevated (audio) \

Medical Definition of elevated

: increased especially abnormally (as in degree or amount) elevated blood pressure elevated temperature

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