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[ig-zawlt] /ɪgˈzɔlt/
verb (used with object)
to raise in rank, honor, power, character, quality, etc.; elevate:
He was exalted to the position of president.
to praise; extol:
to exalt someone to the skies.
to stimulate, as the imagination:
The lyrics of Shakespeare exalted the audience.
to intensify, as a color:
complementary colors exalt each other.
Obsolete. to elate, as with pride or joy.
Origin of exalt
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English exalten < Latin exaltāre to lift up, equivalent to ex- ex-1 + alt(us) high + -āre infinitive ending
Related forms
exalter, noun
self-exalting, adjective
superexalt, verb (used with object)
unexalting, adjective
Can be confused
exalt, exult.
1. promote, dignify, raise, ennoble. 2. glorify.
1. humble. 2. depreciate.
Synonym Study
1. See elevate. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for exalt
  • To exalt one over the other seems to me to completely beggar the question.
  • They did not exalt order at the cost of liberty.
  • It seems there are cycles in the history of the senses, times when we suppress them and times when we exalt them.
  • We expect them to exalt individual genius but not offend the ordinary herd.
  • These comedies do not exalt the laconic but reward the quick-witted and outspoken.
  • In brief, trust not in any who exalt you, but in those who humiliate you.
  • Such artificial places help the memory wonderfully, and exalt it far above its natural powers.
  • The allowance of such a claim would exalt form over substance.
  • Any other reading of the two formal orders would exalt form over substance.
British Dictionary definitions for exalt


verb (transitive)
to raise or elevate in rank, position, dignity, etc
to praise highly; glorify; extol
to stimulate the mind or imagination of; excite
to increase the intensity of (a colour, etc)
to fill with joy or delight; elate
(obsolete) to lift up physically
Derived Forms
exalter, noun
Usage note
Exalt is sometimes wrongly used where exult is meant: he was exulting (not exalting) in his win earlier that day
Word Origin
C15: from Latin exaltāre to raise, from altus high
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Contemporary definitions for exalt

to fill with joy; to elate

Word Origin

Latin ex- + altus 'high'

Usage Note

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Word Origin and History for exalt

late 14c., from Old French exalter (10c.), from Latin exaltare "raise, elevate," from ex- "out, up" (see ex-) + altus "high" (see old). Related: Exalted; exalting.

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