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exalt

[ig-zawlt] /ɪgˈzɔlt/
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
late Middle English
1375-1425
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.
Synonyms
1. promote, dignify, raise, ennoble. 2. glorify.
Antonyms
1. humble. 2. depreciate.
Synonym Study
1. See elevate.
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British Dictionary definitions for exalting

exalt

/ɪɡˈzɔːlt/
verb (transitive)
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
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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Word Origin and History for exalting

exalt

v.

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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