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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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 The roving national food festival dedicated to eating and exalting American cuisine will finally feed the Mile High City May 14-16, as 5280 first reported. Allyson Reedy, The Know, "The James Beard Foundation’s Taste America Tour is finally coming to Denver," 7 Aug. 2019 Another player might be exalted as a hero for challenging the powers that be over helmet rules that are — let’s be honest — loosely backed and were likely enacted as part of a diversionary public retaliations tactic. Dieter Kurtenbach, The Mercury News, "Raiders camp return just another scene in Antonio Brown’s contrived melodrama," 13 Aug. 2019 In the play, the 47-year-old Schreck reconsiders her childhood as an oratorical prodigy from Wenatchee, Washington, who won speaking competitions by exalting the U.S. Constitution. David Kamp, Vogue, "Heidi Schreck Is Giving New Meaning to Political Theater," 15 July 2019 Lateef, who also studied with Harris despite being nine years older, led the most inventive band in Detroit from 1956 to 1959 and was exalted as a role model. Mark Stryker, Detroit Free Press, "'Jazz from Detroit': Exclusive excerpt from new book about city's remarkable jazz legacy," 30 June 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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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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