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 The Oscar winner’s Southern drawl lulls millions of users to sleep, asking big-picture existential questions centered on the nature of the universe or exalting the present. Rina Raphael, Los Angeles Times, "Calm comes to Hollywood," 9 Oct. 2019 The legislation prohibited having Franco's remains in a public place that exalted him as a political figure. NBC News, "Spain begins exhuming late dictator Gen. Franco's remains," 24 Oct. 2019 Bolton, by contrast, harbors a view that exalts the use of American military power, and favors a forceful response to traditional American adversaries such as Russia, Iran, Venezuela and North Korea. John Hudson, Washington Post, "Diverging worldviews long haunted Trump-Bolton relationship," 10 Sep. 2019 The reputation of the once exalted, still unshakably canonical, Impressionist has fallen on difficult days. Peter Schjeldahl, The New Yorker, "Renoir’s Problem Nudes," 19 Aug. 2019 Frank had exalted photographic form by shattering it against the stone of the wonderful and (oh, yeah) horrible real. Peter Schjeldahl, The New Yorker, "The Shock of Robert Frank’s “The Americans”," 10 Sep. 2019 The contradiction is remarkable — how exalting the moment is without compromising Roston’s unflinching gaze at Hathaway’s destructive demons. Nelson Pressley, Washington Post, "Solo actors capture dark and light in ‘Twisted Melodies’ and ‘Every Brilliant Thing’," 25 June 2019 At the same time, there's a nagging sense that the cooperation and/or sanction of those portrayed tends to soften the rough edges, or at the very least, exalt their status within the musical world to even more extraordinary heights. Brian Lowry, CNN, "'Wu-Tang: An American Saga' joins wave of authorized musical bios," 3 Sep. 2019 These latter-day laconophiles (lovers of Sparta, that is) tend to exalt the cruellest, grittiest, and most violent aspects of Spartan life. Nick Burns, The New Republic, "In Defense of Sparta," 7 Aug. 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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“Exalt.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/exalt. Accessed 6 December 2019.

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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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