American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To move (something) to a higher place or position from a lower one; lift.
- v. To increase the amplitude, intensity, or volume of.
- v. To promote to a higher rank.
- v. To raise to a higher moral, cultural, or intellectual level.
- v. To lift the spirits of; elate. See Synonyms at lift.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To move or cause to move from a lower to a higher level, place, or position; raise; lift; lift up: as, to elevate the host in the service of the mass; to elevate the voice.
- To raise to a higher state or station; exalt; raise from a low, common, or primary state, as by training or education; raise from or above low conceptions: as, to elevate a man to an office; to elevate the character.
- To excite; cheer; animate: as, to elevate the spirits.
- Hence To intoxicate slightly; render somewhat tipsy.
- To make light or unimportant; diminish the weight or importance of.
- Synonyms To lift up, uplift.
- To promote, ennoble.
- 1-3. Lift, Exalt, etc. See raise.
- Raised; elevated.
- v. transitive To raise (something) to a higher position; to lift.
- v. transitive To promote (someone) to a higher rank.
- v. transitive To ennoble or honour/honor (someone).
- v. transitive To lift someone's spirits; to elate.
- v. transitive To increase the intensity of something, especially that of sound.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Poetic Elevated; raised aloft.
- v. To bring from a lower place to a higher; to lift up; to raise
- v. To raise to a higher station; to promote.
- v. To raise from a depressed state; to animate; to cheer.
- v. To exalt; to ennoble; to dignify.
- v. To raise to a higher pitch, or to a greater degree of loudness; -- said of sounds.
- v. Colloq. & Sportive To intoxicate in a slight degree; to render tipsy.
- v. A Latin meaning, obsolete To lessen; to detract from; to disparage.
- v. raise in rank or condition
- v. raise from a lower to a higher position
- v. give a promotion to or assign to a higher position
- From Latin elevatus, past participle of elevare ("to raise, lift up"), from e ("out") + levare ("to make light, to lift"), from levis ("light"); see levity and lever. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English elevaten, from Latin ēlevāre, ēlevāt- : ē-, ex-, up; see ex- + levāre, to raise; see legwh- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“It is true that fabric, construction, and a designer name on a label elevate the price of clothing.”
“Getting behind Lieberman is the only thing to do, because it will again elevate the Democratic Party's inability to prosecute the War on Terror and inability to provide for our National Security on the national stage, thereby providing a great many votes for Republicans all across the country this November.”
“And somehow, the sometimes-typoed subtitles elevate the whole thing to a higher comedy.”
“Good spelling and proper punctuation and knowing when to end a paragraph are certainly important, but they are not enough to elevate a word mechanic to greatness.”
“The public works department considered that a wage of 8s. a day was enough to elevate a kafir job 'to the level of civilized labour.”
“The only way to elevate is to increase the intrinsic worth.”
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“Here's an effort to identify people who are very, very good and title them differently to kind of elevate them from the crowd.”
“Objectivism then proceeds to "elevate" the pupil to true malignant narcissism by demonizing "altruism" -- Rand's term of art for all the empathetic values -- and lionizing sadism.”
“They're unlikely to "elevate" themselves in terms of income, right?”
“And we're trying to build a craft to where people can no longer drive in their car and just kind of elevate and float to work at 50 to 100 feet off the ground.”
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