verb (used with object), e·lat·ed, e·lat·ing.
- to make very happy or proud: news to elate the hearer.
- (tr) to fill with high spirits, exhilaration, pride or optimism
1570s, literal, “to raise, elevate,” probably from Latin elatus “uplifted, exalted,” past participle of effere (see elation), or else a back-formation from elation. Figurative use from 1610s. Related: Elated; elating.