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 This year, Arc’teryx will further elevate its wares’ ping potential by partnering with minimalist high-fashion label Jil Sander. Jacob Gallagher, WSJ, "Gorpcore: How Arc’teryx Parkas and Salomon Hiking Boots Became High Fashion," 2 Jan. 2021 In celebration of these great milestones, Know Your Value partnered with Forbes for a special project called 50 over 50, to elevate women who have shattered age and gender norms, founding success later in life. Renee Morad, NBC News, "From politics to the pandemic: How women changed the course of 2020," 30 Dec. 2020 The floral notes of the lavender bitters elevate this spritz beyond the norm of a traditional Aperol spritz. Magdalena O'neal, Sunset Magazine, "Champagne Cocktails to Toast With This New Year’s Eve," 30 Dec. 2020 Or, elevate your fitness with workouts covering everything from HIIT, strength, and stability to mobility, sports performance, and dance cardio. Jenny Mccoy, Glamour, "21 Best YouTube Workouts for 2021," 24 Dec. 2020 Small moments like this, rendered in prose that’samusingly fussy yet still lucid, elevate The Meaning of Mariah Carey from celebrity propaganda into impressive storytelling. The Atlantic Culture Desk, The Atlantic, "The 15 Best Books of 2020," 24 Dec. 2020 And a trophy can further elevate a team, serving as a tangible embodiment of its ethos and permanent reminder of its expectations. Dylan Hernández Columnist, Los Angeles Times, "Column: LAFC can prove it’s truly a different kind of MLS team with CONCACAF triumph," 22 Dec. 2020 The frustration and awkwardness of trying to have a meaningful conversation help elevate the tension between father and son. oregonlive, "A father-son video call yields refreshing pandemic theater: ‘This is Who I Am’ review," 14 Dec. 2020 The images that form in my mind, of neighbor supporting neighbor elevate my wintry mood. Maria Shine Stewart, cleveland, "Snow angels help us plow through December: Sun Messages," 7 Dec. 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 16 Jan. 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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