ex·​alt | \ig-ˈzȯlt \
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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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 The Goldwater rule exalts the doctor-patient relationship. Leonard L. Glass, STAT, "The Goldwater rule is broken. Here’s how to fix it," 28 June 2018 But the Pope only uses the word populist in a narrow connotation, to refer to right-wing movements that exalt ethnic nationalism while portraying immigrants and elites as hostile alien forces. Jeet Heer, The New Republic, "Pope Francis blames family separation on ... populism?," 21 June 2018 Every year, Memorial Day tempts us into believing that the best way to honor the fallen is to exalt their triumphs while whitewashing everything that led to their sacrifice. Matt Gallagher, WSJ, "‘On War and Writing’ Review: The Rifle and the Pen," 24 May 2018 Were a black man from Senegal to open a classic French restaurant in Portland, would he be taunted for exalting his colonial masters? WSJ, "Portland’s Folly on Cultural ‘Appropriation’," 8 June 2018 The restaurant empire, founded by chef David Chang, has been exalted by critics and beloved by diners since Momofuku Noodle Bar began it all in NYC’s East Village in 2004. Kelly Dobkin, Bon Appetit, "The Well-Crafted Kitchen: Inside the New Momofuku Ko Bar," 5 June 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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English Language Learners Definition of 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


ex·​alt | \ig-ˈzȯlt \
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 \

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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