ex·​alt | \ ig-ˈzȯlt How to pronounce exalt (audio) \
exalted; exalting; exalts

Definition of exalt

transitive verb

1 : to raise in rank, power, or character
2 : to elevate by praise or in estimation : glorify
3 obsolete : elate
4 : to raise high : elevate
5 : to enhance the activity of : intensify rousing and exalting the imagination— George Eliot

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Other Words from exalt

exalter noun

Examples of exalt in a Sentence

His behavior has exalted the power and prestige of his office. The essay exalts the simple beauty of the country. We exalt thee, O Lord. He shamelessly exalts his own role in the peace process.
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Recent Examples on the Web Hey, if people really want to exalt Black women, here’s an idea: Listen to them. Kathleen Newman-bremang, refinery29.com, "Stacey Abrams Is Not A Magical Negro So Stop Asking Her To Save America," 7 Jan. 2021 Physicists exalt the beauty and elegance of Newton’s law of gravitational attraction and of the Schrödinger equation. John Horgan, Scientific American, "Is the Schrödinger Equation True?," 7 Jan. 2021 Religion, art, and every aspect of courtly culture were used to exalt the image of the new queen. History Magazine, "Anne Boleyn used flirtation, fertility, and faith to seduce Henry VIII," 29 Dec. 2020 In the hands of Jack Kerouac and Henry Miller, two writers Sanderson admired, travel narratives exalt the freedoms of life on the road, especially freedom from responsibility. Connor Goodwin, The Atlantic, "Life on the Road Is More Than Inspiration for Your Novel," 27 Aug. 2020 There is still time to make more history, still time to win Super Bowls and exalt Manning to the pantheon next to Joe Montana, John Elway, Troy Aikman and others, but this was an opportunity squandered. Nat Newell, The Indianapolis Star, "Ranking every Indianapolis Colts team: Nos. 1-5, Peyton Manning's best," 12 July 2020 Both offer exalted topdown motoring and the fealty of curbside valets worldwide. John Phillips, Car and Driver, "Tested: 1996 Aston Martin DB7 Volante Makes the English Sports-Car Brand Relevant Again," 20 May 2020 The coronavirus doesn’t discriminate—poor students and rich students, exalted Ivy League institutions and middling commuter schools alike will all be forced to take harsh isolationist measures in the name of social distancing. Saahil Desai, The Atlantic, "College Closures Are a Disaster for Low-Income Students," 16 Mar. 2020 The revolt is the day of reckoning for all those who have exalted freeways above other urban values. Gary Kamiya, SFChronicle.com, "Powerful forces wanted freeways all over SF. Here’s how they were stopped," 4 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of exalt

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

History and Etymology for exalt

Middle English, from Latin exaltare, from ex- + altus high — more at old

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The first known use of exalt was in the 15th century

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22 Jan 2021

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

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English Language Learners Definition of exalt

formal : to raise (someone or something) to a higher level
formal : to praise (someone or something) highly
: to present (something) in a way that is very favorable or too favorable


ex·​alt | \ ig-ˈzȯlt How to pronounce exalt (audio) \
exalted; exalting

Kids Definition of exalt

1 : to raise to a higher level The king exalted his loyal servant to a councillor.
2 : to praise highly … these young Cratchits danced about the table, and exalted Master Peter Cratchit to the skies …— Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol
ex·​alt | \ ig-ˈzȯlt How to pronounce exalt (audio) \

Medical Definition of exalt

: to cause (virulence) to increase virulence exalted by addition of mucin to a bacterial culture also : to increase the virulence of exalt a virus by repeated rapid passage through susceptible hosts

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