- To elevate is to lift something up, to promote, or to boost.
- An example of elevate is to prop a foot up on a pillow.
- An example of elevate is give a secretary a promotion to manager.
- An example of elevate is to tell someone how good they're going to do with their presentation.
Hot air is used to elevate this balloon.Licensed from iStockPhoto
- to lift up; raise
- to raise the pitch or volume of (esp. the voice)
- to raise (a person) in rank or position; promote
- to raise to a higher intellectual or moral level
- to raise the spirits of; elate; exhilarate
Origin: Middle English elevaten ; from Classical Latin elevatus, past participle of elevare, to raise ; from e-, out plush levare, to make light, lift ; from levis, light
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transitive verb ele·vat·ed, ele·vat·ing, ele·vates
- To move (something) to a higher place or position from a lower one; lift.
- To increase the amplitude, intensity, or volume of.
- To promote to a higher rank.
- To raise to a higher moral, cultural, or intellectual level.
- To lift the spirits of; elate. See Synonyms at lift.
Origin: Middle English elevaten, from Latin ēlevāre, ēlevāt- : ē-, ex-, up; see ex- + levāre, to raise; see legwh- in Indo-European roots.