[v. el-uh-veyt; adj. el-uh-veyt, -vit]
verb (used with object), elevated, elevating.
to move or raise to a higher place or position; lift up.
to raise to a higher state, rank, or office; exalt; promote: to elevate an archbishop to cardinal.
to raise to a higher intellectual or spiritual level: Good poetry may elevate the mind.
to raise the spirits; put in high spirits.
to raise (the voice) in pitch or volume.
Archaic. raised; elevated.

1490–1500; < Latin ēlevātus lightened, lifted up (past participle of ēlevāre), equivalent to ē- e-1 + lev- light + -ātus -ate1

nonelevating, adjective
reelevate, verb (used with object), reelevated, reelevating.

1. lift, hoist. 2. advance, upgrade, dignify.

2. Elevate, enhance, exalt, heighten mean to raise or make higher in some respect. To elevate is to raise something up to a higher level, position, or state: to elevate the living standards of a group. To enhance is to add to the attractions or desirability of something: Landscaping enhances the beauty of the grounds. To exalt is to raise very high in rank, character, estimation, mood, etc.: A king is exalted above his subjects. To heighten is to increase the strength or intensity: to heighten one's powers of concentration.
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elevate (ˈɛlɪˌveɪt)
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; uplift: to 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
[C15: from Latin ēlevāre from levāre to raise, from levis (adj) light]

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Word Origin & History

late 15c., from L. elevatus, pp. of elevare "lift up, raise," from ex- "out" + levare "lighten, raise," from levis "light" in weight (see lever). El, Amer.Eng. abbreviation of "elevated railroad" is first recorded 1906 in O. Henry.
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Example sentences
Some use it because by diminishing others they elevate their own sense of self
Rejoice in others' good work and let that elevate you.
Thanks for trying to inform and elevate the publics awareness.
May elevate levels of cyclic adenosine monophosphate to boost memory.
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