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1 to fill with great joy
  • seeing their son ordained as a priest was one of the most elevating moments in their lives

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2 to move from a lower to a higher place or position
  • the old trick of using a fat phone book to elevate a child to a more comfortable position at the table

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3 to move higher in rank or position
  • the announcement that the pope will elevate several prelates to the rank of cardinal

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4 to assign a high status or value to
  • a decade in which greed and selfishness were elevated to the rank of virtues

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How does the verb elevate contrast with its synonyms?

Some common synonyms of elevate are boost, heave, hoist, lift, raise, and rear. While all these words mean "to move from a lower to a higher place or position," elevate may replace lift or raise especially when exalting or enhancing is implied.

elevated the taste of the public

When could boost be used to replace elevate?

The words boost and elevate are synonyms, but do differ in nuance. Specifically, boost suggests assisting to climb or advance by a push.

boosted his brother over the fence

In what contexts can heave take the place of elevate?

Although the words heave and elevate have much in common, heave implies lifting and throwing with great effort or strain.

heaved the heavy crate inside

When is hoist a more appropriate choice than elevate?

In some situations, the words hoist and elevate are roughly equivalent. However, hoist implies lifting something heavy especially by mechanical means.

hoisted the cargo on board

When can lift be used instead of elevate?

The words lift and elevate can be used in similar contexts, but lift usually implies exerting effort to overcome resistance of weight.

lift the chair while I vacuum

Where would raise be a reasonable alternative to elevate?

While the synonyms raise and elevate are close in meaning, raise carries a stronger implication of bringing up to the vertical or to a high position.

scouts raising a flagpole

How are the words rear and raise related as synonyms of elevate?

Rear may add an element of suddenness to raise.

suddenly reared itself up on its hind legs

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The first known use of elevate was in the 14th century

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“Elevate.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 May. 2022.

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