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

  • transitive v. To raise in rank, character, or status; elevate: exalted the shepherd to the rank of grand vizier.
  • transitive v. To glorify, praise, or honor.
  • transitive v. To increase the effect or intensity of; heighten: works of art that exalt the imagination.
  • transitive v. Obsolete To fill with sublime emotion; elate.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To honor; to hold in high esteem.
  • v. To raise in rank, status etc., to elevate.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To raise high; to elevate; to lift up.
  • transitive v. To elevate in rank, dignity, power, wealth, character, or the like; to dignify; to promote.
  • transitive v. To elevate by prise or estimation; to magnify; to extol; to glorify.
  • transitive v. To lift up with joy, pride, or success; to inspire with delight or satisfaction; to elate.
  • transitive v. To elevate the tone of, as of the voice or a musical instrument.
  • transitive v. To render pure or refined; to intensify or concentrate.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To raise high; lift to a great or unusual altitude; elevate in space.
  • To elevate in degree or consideration; bring to a higher or more intense state or condition; raise up, as in rank, character, or quality: as, to exalt a person to a high office; to exalt the passions.
  • To attribute or accord exaltation to; make high or elevated in estimation or expression; magnify; glorify; praise; extol.
  • In chem., to purify; refine: as, to exalt the juices or the qualities of bodies.
  • Synonyms Elevate, Lift, etc. See raise.
  • To ennoble, dignify, aggrandize.
  • To glorify.

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

  • v. raise in rank, character, or status
  • v. praise, glorify, or honor
  • v. fill with sublime emotion
  • v. heighten or intensify


Middle English exalten, from Latin exaltāre : ex-, up, away; see ex- + altus, high; see al-2 in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin exaltare (Wiktionary)



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  • verb: praise or glorify

    The teenagers exalted the rock star, covering their bedrooms with posters of him.

    October 19, 2016