el·​e·​vat·​ed | \ˈe-lə-ˌvā-təd \

Definition of elevated 

(Entry 1 of 2)

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

eloquent, formal, high-flown, lofty, majestic, stately, towering

Antonyms: Adjective

ineloquent, low, undignified

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Examples of elevated in a Sentence


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

In retro denim and sneaker looks, their athleisure was casual, but a little more elevated for a day out. Avery Matera, Teen Vogue, "Bella Hadid and The Weeknd Wore Matching Outfits in New York City," 4 Oct. 2018 Yet thought this Southern standout may be quick-serve, the food is more elevated than typical fast food—and will stick to your ribs. Diana Oates, Condé Nast Traveler, "20 Best Restaurants in Houston," 1 Oct. 2018 The standout looks here — peony pink ruched tulle dresses with giant daisy appliqués and trompe l’oeil tops — offered an elevated take on the tuxedo-and-bow-tie T-shirt. Adam Tschorn, latimes.com, "It's haute harlequins and ringmaster chic at Moschino's circus-themed Burbank runway show," 13 June 2018 Most modern wives of presidents have opted to choose one standout point of interest and use their elevated status to promote or encourage behavior. Kate Bennett, CNN, "Melania Trump to announce formal platform Monday during Rose Garden ceremony," 6 May 2018 Precise knifework guaranteed a democratically diverse representation of vegetables in every forkful, bestowing an ironically elevated status on the whole genre. Bonnie S. Benwick, charlotteobserver, "You don’t need romaine lettuce to make a great chopped salad | Charlotte Observer," 1 May 2018 They weren’t granted that elevated artist-addict status. Jaime Green, GQ, "Leslie Jamison Wants You to Rethink Your Drunk Literary Heroes," 2 Apr. 2018 The visual arts of the classical period reveal the elevated status of domestic pets, especially dogs. Longreads, "The Way We Treat Our Pets Is More Paleolithic Than Medieval," 22 Mar. 2018 Major projects, such as an elevated highway through the city, and the revitalization of downtown neighborhoods, also boosted his popularity. Joshua Partlow, Anchorage Daily News, "Andrés Manuel López Obrador wins Mexican presidential race," 2 July 2018

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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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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 \

Medical Definition of elevated 

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

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to move with a clumsy heavy tread

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