elevate

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

Definition of elevate

 (Entry 1 of 2)

archaic

elevate

verb
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

elate, enrapture, exhilarate, intoxicate, transport

Antonyms: Verb

depress

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Verb

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

This helps to create visual interest in the room and elevate the look of the space, Yeo advises. Monique Valeris, ELLE Decor, "A Color Expert Reveals the Power of Greige Paint," 27 Feb. 2019 Trying to help elevate Wells while not seriously hurting Hunter might have been tricky. Michael Smolens, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Republicans working without a net in Rep. Hunter's district," 7 June 2018 The project will extend the existing business college northward, helping elevate the stature of University Avenue as the main entrance to the university and a vibrant corridor into town. Jennifer Conn, Akron Reporter, cleveland.com, "University of Akron's College of Business Administration expansion boosts academic amenities, connects campus to downtown," 15 May 2018 Everyday objects and beginning vocabulary are elevated with gorgeous illustrations; this set makes an affordable, stylish gift. Megan Barber, Curbed, "The 17 best kids’ books about design and cities," 12 Dec. 2018 The testimony of both Ford and Kavanaugh is expected to stretch well into the afternoon and will likely be crucial in deciding whether Kavanaugh is elevated to the highest court in the land. Adam Shaw, Fox News, "Grassley snaps at staffer at Kavanaugh hearing: 'Speak plainly with me, please'," 27 Sep. 2018 On Sundays at noon, Elsz, a Brooklyn singer and musician, teaches yoga that is elevated by her harp playing and soothing singing at the beginning and end of class. Crystal Martin, New York Times, "In This House, Everyone’s Welcome," 27 June 2018 Tide levels were elevated anyway because of the astronomical effect of the new moon, Eberwine said. Anthony R. Wood, Philly.com, "That was a 'meteotsunami' that hit Jersey Shore during storm; it wasn't the first time," 16 May 2018 Architecture to me is successful when the community is empowered by it, is edified by it, and is elevated by it. Steven Litt, cleveland.com, "Q&A with David Adjaye, designer of Smithsonian's African American museum," 13 May 2018

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First Known Use of elevate

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for elevate

Verb

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

verb

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

elevate

verb
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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