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Sunday, October 13, 2002

Definitions for exalt

  1. To praise, glorify, or honor.
  2. To heighten or intensify.
  3. To raise in rank, character, or status; as, "exalted the humble shoemaker to the rank of King's adviser."

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Citations for exalt
A show that was merely competent needed something special if it was to run--a couple of hit tunes, something astonishing in design or choreography... or a theatre-filling personality who can exalt ordinary material." Ethan Mordden, Coming Up Roses: The Broadway Musical in the 1950s
They exalt the mysterious imperative of a pay phone ringing on a city street or on a lonely desert highway and eagerly anticipate the intersection of lives when someone feels compelled to pick up that receiver." , New York Times
Origin of exalt
late Middle English
1375-1425
Exalt comes from Latin exalto, exaltare, to raise high, from ex-, out of (but here simply used intensively; that is, to give emphasis) + altus, high.