- 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.
transitive verbelevated, elevating
- 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 of elevateMiddle English elevaten ; from Classical Latin elevatus, past participle of elevare, to raise ; from e-, out + levare, to make light, lift ; from levis, light
transitive verbele·vat·ed, ele·vat·ing, ele·vates
- To move (something) to a higher place or position from a lower one; lift. See Synonyms at lift.
- To increase the amount or intensity of: factors that elevate blood pressure.
- To promote to a higher rank.
- To raise to a higher moral, cultural, or intellectual level: elevate the tone of the debate.
- To lift the spirits of; elate.
Origin of elevateMiddle English elevaten, from Latin ēlevāre, ēlevāt- : ē-, ex-, up; see ex– + levāre, to raise; see legwh- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present elevates, present participle elevating, simple past and past participle elevated)
- To raise (something) to a higher position; to lift.
- To promote (someone) to a higher rank.
- To ennoble or honour/honor (someone).
- To lift someone's spirits; to cheer up.
- To increase the intensity of something, especially that of sound.
- to elevate the voice
- (dated, colloquial, humorous) To intoxicate in a slight degree; to render tipsy.
(comparative more elevate, superlative most elevate)
- (obsolete) Elevated; raised aloft.