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

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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Before the sweltering heat of summer, recent headlines exalted the French Touch movement of Braxe's roots. Kat Bein, Billboard, "Stardust On The Gay Bars, Firings & Failures That Led To 'Music Sounds Better With You'," 28 June 2019 Other actors have passed through similar portals, seemingly expendable one minute and exalted the next. Time, "Why It Took Keanu Reeves 30 Years to Become an Overnight Sensation," 21 June 2019 During the trial, several witnesses described Mr. Raniere’s exalted standing among his followers. Colin Moynihan, New York Times, "Nxivm: How a Sex Cult Leader Seduced and Programmed His Followers," 14 June 2019 Mothers don’t need to be on a pedestal, to be exalted for their strength and their inevitable suffering. John Archibald | Jarchibald@al.com, al.com, "The myth of the Southern mama is a lie," 13 June 2019 That is the very opposite of being humbled; it is being exalted. Judith Martin, The Mercury News, "Miss Manners: Please stop saying you’re ‘humbled’ if you don’t know what it means," 10 June 2019 Kodas wrote that some of the writers vilifying those who flock to the mountain should think harder about the role the media plays in exalting this one experience. The Denver Post, "Sound Off: The Denver Post opinion newsletter, June 10, 2019," 10 June 2019 Still, some of the writers vilifying those who flock to the mountain should think harder about the role the media plays in exalting this one experience, above all other possible adventures. Michael Kodas, The Denver Post, "Guest Commentary: Mount Everest is packed. Whose fault is that?," 7 June 2019 Streetwise labels such as Hood by Air and Vetements ignited fashion’s street-casting movement, and many other brands have followed suit, exalting the individuality of models by casting from their own communities for their shows and campaigns. Maya Singer, Vogue, "Why the Fashion World Needs to Commit to an 18+ Modeling Standard," 16 Aug. 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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