el·​e·​vate | \ ˈe-lə-ˌvāt How to pronounce elevate (audio) , -vət \

Definition of elevate

 (Entry 1 of 2)



el·​e·​vate | \ ˈe-lə-ˌvāt How to pronounce elevate (audio) \
elevated; elevating

Definition of elevate (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to lift up or make higher : raise elevate a patient's leg exercises that elevate the heart rate
2 : to raise in rank or status was elevated to chairman
3 : to improve morally, intellectually, or culturally great books that both entertain and elevate their readers
4 : to raise the spirits of : elate

intransitive verb

: to become elevated : rise his voice elevated to a shout

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Synonyms & Antonyms for elevate

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Verb

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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

Examples of elevate in a Sentence

Verb exercises that elevate the heart rate seeing their son ordained as a priest was one of the most elevating moments in their lives
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb What is the purpose that would most energize and inspire you and your organization to elevate together and serve something bigger now? Kevin Cashman, Forbes, 15 Oct. 2021 But with the Herberts, Murrays and Allens taking over the NFL, Mayfield will need to elevate his game in every way possible, and be just as dangerous as the rest of them to lead the Browns to a Super Bowl. cleveland, 11 Oct. 2021 With flood insurance costing him around $3,000 a year, what Forsyth would really like is to elevate the house and knock down that bill. Jan Ellen Spiegel, courant.com, 4 Oct. 2021 After being stuck behind seniors on the depth chart in 2020, an offseason focus on route running and going up for the ball has helped Mizell elevate his game. J.c. Carnahan, orlandosentinel.com, 9 Sep. 2021 Caleb, a longtime fan of the original establishment, says his goal is to elevate the menu and push the envelope, while keeping everything approachable. Amelia Goe, The Arizona Republic, 3 Sep. 2021 The key is to elevate your bedtime routine and set yourself up for the best sleep of your life. Ashley Levine, Rolling Stone, 30 Aug. 2021 Hopefully, this list will help elevate your next car trip. Melissa Matthews, SELF, 29 Sep. 2021 Back in 2014, IndyCar, the longtime owner of the Indy Lights series, looked to Dan Andersen’s ‘Andersen Promotions’ to help elevate the level and performance of the top rung of the Road to Indy Ladder system. Nathan Brown, The Indianapolis Star, 25 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of elevate


14th century, in the meaning defined above


15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for elevate


Middle English, from Latin elevatus, past participle of elevare, from e- + levare to raise — more at lever

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“Elevate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/elevate. Accessed 27 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of elevate

: to lift (something) up
: to increase the level of (something) : to make (something) higher
: to raise (someone) to a higher rank or level


el·​e·​vate | \ ˈe-lə-ˌvāt How to pronounce elevate (audio) \
elevated; elevating

Kids Definition of elevate

: to lift up : raise

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