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elevate

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of elevate

  1. 1 to fill with great joy seeing their son ordained as a priest was one of the most elevating moments in their lives Synonyms of elevate elate, enrapture, exhilarate, intoxicate, transportWords Related to elevate commove, excite, inspire, stimulate, uplift; content, delight, gladden, gratify, please, rejoice, satisfy, warmNear Antonyms of elevate demoralize, discourage, dishearten, dispirit; distress, oppress, saddenAntonyms of elevate depress

  2. 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 Synonyms of elevate boost, crane, raise, heave, heft, heighten, hike, hoist, jack (up), lift, perk (up), pick up, take up, up, uphold, uplift, upraiseWords Related to elevate ascend, mount, rise; rear, upendNear Antonyms of elevate descend, dip, fall, pitch, plunge, slip; bear, depress, press, push; sink, submergeAntonyms of elevate drop, lower

  3. 3 to move higher in rank or position the announcement that the pope will elevate several prelates to the rank of cardinal Synonyms of elevate advance, promote, raise, upgradeWords Related to elevate forward, further; aggrandize, boost, heighten, improve, lift, uplift; commission, ennoble, knight; acclaim, applaud, celebrate, cite, commend, compliment, congratulate, decorate; eulogize, exalt, extol (also extoll), glorify, hail, honor, laud, praise, saluteNear Antonyms of elevate depose, dethrone, dismiss, expel, impeach, oust, overthrow, remove, unmake, unseat; demean, disgrace, dishonor, humble, humiliate, mortify, shame, take down; censure, condemn, damn, denounce, reprobateAntonyms of elevate abase, degrade, demote, downgrade, lower, reduce

  4. 4 to assign a high status or value to a decade in which greed and selfishness were elevated to the rank of virtues Synonyms of elevate aggrandize, canonize, deify, dignify, exalt, ennoble, enshrine, ensky, enthrone, glorify, magnifyWords Related to elevate boost, lift, promote, raise, upgrade, uplift; heighten, intensify; idealize, romanticize, sanitize, sugarcoat; acclaim, extol (also extoll), honor, laud, praiseNear Antonyms of elevate belittle, decry, depreciate, detract, disparage, minimizeAntonyms of elevate abase, degrade, demean, humble, humiliate

Synonym Discussion of elevate

lift, raise, rear, elevate, hoist, heave, boost mean to move from a lower to a higher place or position. lift usually implies exerting effort to overcome resistance of weight.
    • lift the chair while I vacuum
raise carries a stronger implication of bringing up to the vertical or to a high position.
    • scouts raising a flagpole
rear may add an element of suddenness to raise.
    • suddenly reared itself up on its hind legs
elevate may replace lift or raise especially when exalting or enhancing is implied.
    • elevated the taste of the public
hoist implies lifting something heavy especially by mechanical means.
    • hoisted the cargo on board
heave implies lifting and throwing with great effort or strain.
    • heaved the heavy crate inside
boost suggests assisting to climb or advance by a push.
    • boosted his brother over the fence


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