What does elevate mean?

Definitions for elevate
ˈɛl əˌveɪt; -ˌveɪt, -vɪtel·e·vate

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. promote, upgrade, advance, kick upstairs, raise, elevateverb

    give a promotion to or assign to a higher position

    "John was kicked upstairs when a replacement was hired"; "Women tend not to advance in the major law firms"; "I got promoted after many years of hard work"

  2. raise, lift, elevate, get up, bring upverb

    raise from a lower to a higher position

    "Raise your hands"; "Lift a load"

  3. lift, raise, elevateverb

    raise in rank or condition

    "The new law lifted many people from poverty"


  1. elevateverb

    To raise (something) to a higher position; to lift.

  2. elevateverb

    To promote (someone) to a higher rank.

  3. elevateverb

    To ennoble or honour/honor (someone).

  4. elevateverb

    To lift someone's spirits; to elate.

  5. elevateverb

    To increase the intensity of something, especially that of sound.

  6. Etymology: From elevatus, past participle of elevare, from e + levare, from levis; see levity and lever.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Elevatepart. adj.

    Exalted; raised aloft.

    Etymology: from elevated.

    On each side an imperial city stood,
    With tow’rs and temples proudly elevate
    On seven small hills. John Milton, Paradise Regain’d, b. ii.

  2. To ELEVATEverb

    Etymology: elevo, Latin.

    This subterranean heat or fire, which elevates the water out of the abyss. John Woodward.

    Others apart sat on a hill retired,
    In thoughts more elevate, and reason’d high
    Of providence, foreknowledge, will and fate. John Milton, P. L.

    In all that great extent, wherein the mind wanders, in those remote speculations it may seem to be elevated with, it stirs not beyond sense or reflection. John Locke.

    Now rising fortune elevates his mind,
    He shines unclouded, and adorns mankind. Richard Savage.

    When the judgments of learned men are alledged against you, what do they but either elevate their credit, or oppose unto them the judgments of others as learned? Richard Hooker, b. ii.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Elevateadjective

    elevated; raised aloft

  2. Elevateverb

    to bring from a lower place to a higher; to lift up; to raise; as, to elevate a weight, a flagstaff, etc

  3. Elevateverb

    to raise to a higher station; to promote; as, to elevate to an office, or to a high social position

  4. Elevateverb

    to raise from a depressed state; to animate; to cheer; as, to elevate the spirits

  5. Elevateverb

    to exalt; to ennoble; to dignify; as, to elevate the mind or character

  6. Elevateverb

    to raise to a higher pitch, or to a greater degree of loudness; -- said of sounds; as, to elevate the voice

  7. Elevateverb

    to intoxicate in a slight degree; to render tipsy

  8. Elevateverb

    to lessen; to detract from; to disparage

  9. Etymology: [L. elevatus, p. p.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Elevate

    el′e-vāt, v.t. to raise to a higher position: to raise in mind and feelings: to improve: to cheer: to exhilarate: to intoxicate.—p.adjs. El′evate, -d, raised: dignified: exhilarated.—ns. Elevā′tion, the act of elevating or raising, or the state of being raised: exaltation: an elevated place or station: a rising ground: height: (archit.) a representation of the flat side of a building, drawn with mathematical accuracy, but without any attention to effect: (astron., geog.) the height above the horizon of an object on the sphere, measured by the arc of a vertical circle through it and the zenith: (gun.) the angle made by the line of direction of a gun with the plane of the horizon; El′evator, the person or thing that lifts up: a lift or machine for raising grain, &c., to a higher floor: a muscle raising a part of the body.—adj. El′evatory, able or tending to raise. [L. elevāre, -ātume, out, up, levāre, to raise—levis, light. See Light (2).]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of elevate in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of elevate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of elevate in a Sentence

  1. Jeff Harris:

    My sincere hope is this verdict sends a clear message regarding the need to both elevate and strictly adhere to industry safety standards every day, on every shoot, on every film set. Johns tragic and preventable death happened as a result of a series of safety-related failures.

  2. John Cornyn:

    What we need to do is elevate everybody's understanding of what China's strategic long-term goals are and they are to dominate the United States economically and militarily, they've got a very clear strategy for doing that and we need to wake up to that and make sure we're responding in kind.

  3. Chris Rufo:

    Critical race theory is a destructive ideology that has no place in medicine. Critical race theorists argue explicitly that society should discriminate on the basis of race, in the past year, we have seen medical treatment denied to members of particular racial groups, which is a flagrant violation of the Fourteenth Amendment and the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The AMA is playing with fire : if they adopt critical race theory as a guiding framework, they will elevate the principles of neoracism into medical policy.

  4. Henry David Thoreau:

    I know of no more encouraging fact than the unquestionable ability of man to elevate his life by conscious endeavor.

  5. Roger Daltrey:

    We're old men now...we can't go out there and pretend it's going to be anywhere like we were 40, 50 years ago, adding the orchestra...can elevate the music into a place where it feels kind of grown up...(but) people mustn't think just because there's an orchestra with The Who that it's going to be watered down. We'll be playing exactly full throttle like we usually do.

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