exalt

verb ex·alt \ ig-ˈzȯlt \
Updated on: 14 May 2018
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

exaltedly

adverb

exalter

noun

Examples of exalt in a Sentence

  1. His behavior has exalted the power and prestige of his office.

  2. The essay exalts the simple beauty of the country.

  3. We exalt thee, O Lord.

  4. He shamelessly exalts his own role in the peace process.

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Origin and Etymology of exalt

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

EXALT Defined for English Language Learners

exalt

  • : to raise (someone or something) to a higher level

  • : to praise (someone or something) highly

  • : to present (something) in a way that is very favorable or too favorable


EXALT Defined for Kids

exalt

verb ex·alt \ ig-ˈzȯlt \
exalted; exalting
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

Medical Dictionary

exalt

transitive verb ex·alt \ ig-ˈzȯlt \
: 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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