Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • transitive verb To fill with great joy or happiness; delight.
  • adjective Elated.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Raised; lifted up.
  • Exalted in feeling; elated.
  • Synonyms Exultant, jubilant, exhilarated, overjoyed, puffed up, proud.
  • To raise; exalt; elevate.
  • To raise or swell, as the mind or spirits; elevate with satisfaction or gratification; puff up; make proud.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Lifted up; raised; elevated.
  • adjective Having the spirits raised by success, or by hope; flushed or exalted with confidence; elated; exultant.
  • transitive verb rare To raise; to exalt.
  • transitive verb To exalt the spirit of; to fill with confidence or exultation; to elevate or flush with success; to puff up; to make proud.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb transitive To make joyful or proud.
  • verb transitive To lift up; raise; elevate.
  • adjective elated; exultant

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb fill with high spirits; fill with optimism

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[From Latin ēlātus, past participle of efferre, to bring out, exalt : ē-, ex-, ex- + lātus, brought; see telə- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Latin ēlātus ("exalted, lofty"), perfect passive participle of efferō ("bring forth or out; raise; exalt"), from ē ("out of"), short form of ex, + ferō ("carry, bear").

Examples

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  • Readers will not have seen that coming once they had escaped from Russia, but as always Daniel Silva provides another great entry that will elate fans who will also wonder how the author can top THE DEFECTOR.

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  • Working as a translator or at least a good one implies exercising a high level of attention to detail, the kind of nit-pickiness that will drive your friends mad but which will elate your clients.

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  • “Again,” cried he, with a look at once stern and disappointed, “again thou failest me? what wanton trifling! why shouldst thou thus elate a worn-out mind, only to make it feel its lingering credulity? or why, teaching me to think I had found an angel, so unkindly undeceive me?”

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