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

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Of course, like in all of our work, art is so important, and finding pieces that would elevate the space took some time. Monique Valeris, ELLE Decor, "Office Envy: See Where Two Top Designers Bring Their Big Ideas to Life," 3 May 2019 This seems to be a much more reliable way to build a faithful viewership in 2018—one that is guaranteed, program by program, a constant return on its investment: to elevate and investigate issues relevant to your core audience. Jason Parham, WIRED, "How Oprah’s Network Finally Found Its Voice," 19 June 2018 Some found ways to elevate the look, while others revel in the childish nature of it all. Glamour, "The Absolute Best Hair Accessories for Every Hair Type," 18 Apr. 2019 Playing into these notions was the Scandinavian craftsmanship behind the Georg Jensen brand, which has a legacy for its unparalleled quality and ability to elevate even the simplest of forms. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "Kelly Wearstler Partners with Georg Jensen on a Sculptural New Collection," 28 Mar. 2019 Then, flooring from DuChateau was installed to elevate the sense of warmth and luxury. Olivia Martin, Town & Country, "Behind the Scenes of a Town & Country Photoshoot," 13 Mar. 2019 This proposal may be seen as a talking point designed to elevate Warren in the national discussion, 18 months or so before the 2020 Presidential election. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Elizabeth Warren wants to break up Amazon, Facebook, and Google and undo their acquisitions," 8 Mar. 2019 In both their personal and professional lives, Ouellette and Vandal have championed little-known and emerging creatives, acting as ambassadors for young talent, and then utilizing those works to elevate their own. Jennifer Fernandez, House Beautiful, "This Montreal Couple Designed a Whole House Around the Art," 6 Feb. 2019 So in order to elevate its brand identity, Calvin Klein sought out Simons. Chavie Lieber, Vox, "The Calvin Klein brand hired big-name fashion designer Raf Simons to build relevancy. Now he’s out.," 27 Dec. 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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