exalt

verb
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

exaltedly adverb
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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Chinese state media hasn’t so far been accused of such activity; generally, the outlets exalt China while criticizing the U.S. and others. Aruna Viswanatha, WSJ, "Justice Department Has Ordered Key Chinese State Media Firms to Register as Foreign Agents," 18 Sep. 2018 The couple was also inspired by vernacular architecture in the region, including agricultural structures with clean, simple forms that exalted their materials. Asad Syrkett, Curbed, "Year in Curbed: The best of House Calls," 26 Dec. 2018 These objects alone are an entire treasure, exalting and unforgettable. Melik Kaylan, WSJ, "‘Devotion and Decadence: The Berthouville Treasure and Roman Luxury From the Bibliothèque Nationale de France’ Review: Shining Silver From an Untarnished Trove," 31 Oct. 2018 The intent is unmistakable: Augustus is exalted as nearly divine. Judith H. Dobrzynski, WSJ, "A Man Among Gods," 21 Sep. 2018 In fact, although Mars is your planetary ruler, in traditional astrology, your sign is exalted by the sun. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "What August's Aries Horoscope Means for You," 30 July 2018 And the Islamic State militant group belatedly exalted him as a martyred disciple. Rick Gladstone, New York Times, "What Is Terrorism? Attacks in Canada and Belgium Reflect Uncertain Definition," 31 May 2018 Bach’s cantatas, exalted as some of them seem, were utilitarian creations. James R. Oestreich, New York Times, "What Does It Mean to Play the ‘Best’ of Bach?," 22 June 2018 But there’s something loosely exalted about Mr. Zahs. Wesley Morris, New York Times, "Review: In ‘Saving Brinton,’ an Inveterate Accumulator Finds Treasure," 17 May 2018

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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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exalt

verb

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

exalt

verb
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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