verb (used with object), el·e·vat·ed, el·e·vat·ing.

  1. to move or raise to a higher place or position; lift up.
  2. to raise to a higher state, rank, or office; exalt; promote: to elevate an archbishop to cardinal.
  3. to raise to a higher intellectual or spiritual level: Good poetry may elevate the mind.
  4. to raise the spirits; put in high spirits.
  5. to raise (the voice) in pitch or volume.


  1. Archaic. raised; elevated.

verb (tr)

  1. to move to a higher place
  2. to raise in rank or status; promote
  3. to put in a cheerful mood; elate
  4. to put on a higher cultural plane; upliftto elevate the tone of a conversation
  5. to raise the axis of a gun
  6. to raise the intensity or pitch of (the voice)
  7. RC Church to lift up (the Host) at Mass for adoration

late 15c., from Latin elevatus, past participle of elevare “lift up, raise,” figuratively, “to lighten, alleviate,” from ex- “out” (see ex-) + levare “lighten, raise,” from levis “light” in weight (see lever). Related: Elevated; elevating.

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