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.

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)
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

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Word Origin & History

late 14c., from L. exaltare "raise, elevate," from ex- "out, up" + altus "high" (see old). Related: Exalted; exalting.
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Example sentences
Some striking students object to the idea of rewarding research over teaching and of exalting some universities over others.
It's a coup de theatre of exalting order, a scene of almost indescribable sweetness and humor followed by desolation.
Be wary of anecdotal data or testimonials, particularly those exalting the new technology.
The handcart trek was an exalting ordeal for body and spirit and required spiritual stamina to complete.
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