exalt

[ig-zawlt]
verb (used with object)
1.
to raise in rank, honor, power, character, quality, etc.; elevate: He was exalted to the position of president.
2.
to praise; extol: to exalt someone to the skies.
3.
to stimulate, as the imagination: The lyrics of Shakespeare exalted the audience.
4.
to intensify, as a color: complementary colors exalt each other.
5.
Obsolete. to elate, as with pride or joy.

Origin:
1375–1425; late Middle English exalten < Latin exaltāre to lift up, equivalent to ex- ex-1 + alt(us) high + -āre infinitive ending

exalter, noun
self-exalting, adjective
superexalt, verb (used with object)
unexalting, adjective

exalt, exult.


1. promote, dignify, raise, ennoble. 2. glorify.


1. humble. 2. depreciate.


1. See elevate.
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exalt (ɪɡˈzɔːlt)
 
vb
1.  to raise or elevate in rank, position, dignity, etc
2.  to praise highly; glorify; extol
3.  to stimulate the mind or imagination of; excite
4.  to increase the intensity of (a colour, etc)
5.  to fill with joy or delight; elate
6.  obsolete to lift up physically
 
[C15: from Latin exaltāre to raise, from altus high]
 
usage  Exalt is sometimes wrongly used where exult is meant: he was exulting (not exalting) in his win earlier that day
 
ex'alter
 
n

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Main Entry:  exalt1
Part of Speech:  v
Definition:  to raise high; elevate
Etymology:  Latin ex- + altus 'high'
Usage:  transitive
Main Entry:  exalt2
Part of Speech:  v
Definition:  to lift up the voice; to sing praise
Etymology:  Latin ex- + altus 'high'
Usage:  transitive
Main Entry:  exalt3
Part of Speech:  v
Definition:  to raise in estimation or rank; to magnify
Etymology:  Latin ex- + altus 'high'
Usage:  transitive
Main Entry:  exalt4
Part of Speech:  v
Definition:  to intensify, heighten
Etymology:  Latin ex- + altus 'high'
Usage:  transitive
Main Entry:  exalt5
Part of Speech:  v
Definition:  to refine or concentrate, esp. by making more perfect
Etymology:  Latin ex- + altus 'high'
Usage:  transitive
Main Entry:  exalt6
Part of Speech:  v
Definition:  to fill with joy; to elate
Etymology:  Latin ex- + altus 'high'
Usage:  transitive
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Word Origin & History

exalt
late 14c., from L. exaltare "raise, elevate," from ex- "out, up" + altus "high" (see old). Related: Exalted; exalting.
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Example sentences
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.
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