An example of elate is to give someone a bonus that they weren't expecting.
And sovereign law, that State's collected will, / O'er thrones and globes, elate, / Sits empress, crowning good, repressing ill.
We were elated by the good news.
Origin of elate
- From Latin ēlātus past participle of efferre to bring out, exalt ē-, ex- ex- lātus brought telə- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition