Definition of elevate in English:


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transitive verb

[with object]
  • 1Raise or lift (something) up to a higher position.

    ‘the exercise will naturally elevate your chest and head’
    • ‘After a while I found I was able to lift my arms, elevate them slightly - both my arms, but it was very slow.’
    • ‘Aaron raised an eyebrow and elevated his fingers again.’
    • ‘Raise the bar by elevating your shoulders to just below ear level; at the same time bend and flare your elbows and immediately turn palms towards the floor.’
    • ‘Keep your back flat and chest up as you elevate the bar until it reaches the upper part of your thighs.’
    • ‘Smyers designed five ponds, averaging two acres in area each, to improve the drainage and to provide the soil used to lift the fairways and elevate the tees and greens.’
    • ‘Raising the lever elevates the breech block back into shooting position.’
    • ‘A common practice in ORs is to raise or elevate the surgical bed to accommodate the surgeon's height and focal distance after the drapes have been applied.’
    • ‘Grasp your legs behind your thighs and pull your knees toward your chest, elevating your hips off of the floor.’
    • ‘He elevated it to chest height, and pretended to load it.’
    • ‘Pull your knees toward your chest and elevate your hips off the floor to feel the lower back stretch.’
    • ‘He also proposed that the counters should be elevated to the level of the drivers' cabins in order to facilitate the work of the customs officers.’
    • ‘Orogens are long, curved belts of deformed rocks that have been elevated into mountain ranges when continents collided with each other.’
    • ‘When the last prisoner stood outside the ring of light, the floor inside the ring began to rise, elevating itself to a height of twenty meters.’
    • ‘The upper half of the bed had been elevated about forty-five degrees, so she appeared to be half-sitting, half-lying.’
    • ‘He said the result of the tipping was that ‘the land becomes increasingly elevated above the adjoining fields and dry stone walls’.’
    raise, lift, lift up, raise aloft, raise up, buoy up, upraise, bear aloft
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    1. 1.1Raise to a more important or impressive level.
      ‘in the 1920s he was elevated to secretary of state’
      • ‘exotic toppings elevate a pizza from fast food to fine food’
      • ‘Saying nothing important is elevated to the level of a virtue.’
      • ‘Having sung praises to this young man who is soon to be elevated to the Bench, I believe it's equally important to put his recent edicts under scrutiny.’
      • ‘Fortunately, with the arrival of the Winter Games, hockey competition has once again been elevated to an international level.’
      • ‘And now they have been elevated to the level of high art.’
      • ‘The use of English is at times elevated to an irrational level and seen as the most important skill to be acquired, to the detriment of otherwise qualified people who do not speak it.’
      • ‘So important is the technology that it has been elevated to a national campaign issue this US election year.’
      • ‘His latest promotion comes just weeks after he was elevated to the rank of Brigadier General.’
      • ‘During that time Fred was promoted to Sergeant and was later elevated to the rank of Inspector.’
      • ‘The film became an instant critical success, and Hanson was elevated to the level of a director whose next effort was anticipated.’
      • ‘The United States should not pull out of the U.N. because it elevates totalitarian governments to positions of leadership, though it has.’
      • ‘They were gradually elevated to the position of prophets.’
      • ‘I've done my best to elevate people to positions of authority and responsibility.’
      • ‘Price's crew struck gold for the second time at the World Championships in 2003, elevating them to the position of favourite for the Athens Olympics.’
      • ‘The relatively recent recognition of the Sun as the central star of the Solar System has elevated it to a position of supreme significance in modern astrology that has overshadowed the traditional importance of the Moon.’
      • ‘The individuals are elevated to the position of subjects of history, but in the process, the historical specificity of their experience is to some extent sacrificed.’
      • ‘In this it is similar to many cities across the country, where black Democratic politicians were elevated to government positions in the years following the riots of the 1960s.’
      • ‘Former President Bill Clinton elevated the SBA administrator position to Cabinet-level rank during his administration.’
      • ‘The story began about eighteen years ago, well before His Holiness was elevated to his current position of Supreme Patriarch.’
      • ‘No man, or woman either knows but that some accident may elevate them to the position of the hero of the hour.’
      • ‘Instead, the graduate-trained therapist must assume the position of student, elevating the status of the parent to expert and consequently activating the parent's innate need to heal and protect.’
      promote, give promotion, upgrade, improve the position of, improve the status of, give a higher rank, advance, move up, raise, give advancement, prefer
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    2. 1.2(of a priest) hold up (a consecrated host or chalice) for adoration.
      ‘He recited the words of institution in German but not the Canon and failed to elevate the host and chalice, distributing them in both species immediately after the consecratory words.’
      • ‘You will not find me poring over the General Instruction of the Roman Missal late at night, wondering if padre elevated the host high enough.’
      • ‘In the National Gallery's Mass of Saint Giles, for example, the saint elevates the Host at the moment of consecration.’
    3. 1.3Increase the level or amount of (something, especially the level of a component of a person's blood)
      ‘high amounts of the drug can elevate blood pressure’
      • ‘They are referred to as ‘bad cholesterol’ because they elevate blood cholesterol levels and risks for developing cardiovascular disease.’
      • ‘High erythropoietin levels can elevate blood pressure either via a polycythemia/hyperviscosity mechanism or by direct pressor effects.’
      • ‘The patient felt fine and ASW could find no source of an infection that could be elevating his glucose level; she wondered if the change was caused by progression of his cancer and declining pancreatic function.’
      • ‘These hormones accelerate catabolism, hepatic glucose gluconeogenesis, and lipolysis, further elevating the blood glucose level.’
      • ‘Alcohol use markedly elevates the blood glucose level and hastens the development of diabetic neuropathy.’
      • ‘Diabetics also must be carefully monitored as ephedra can elevate blood glucose levels.’
      • ‘Meanwhile, GlaxoSmithKline is working on a range of medicines that should elevate good cholesterol levels.’
      • ‘It will be linked in the popular mind to having cosmetic surgery, making excuses to eat cheeseburgers while not getting fat and elevating our cholesterol levels, changing the color of our eyes or hair or even our’
      • ‘Omega - 3 essential fats elevate serotonin levels naturally and help improve mood and lift depression.’
      • ‘It is well documented that regular exercise helps to elevate your metabolic rate.’
      • ‘Aerobic exercise is any type of physical exercise that elevates your heart rate consistently and continuously above the norm and into your training zone for a period of 40 minutes or more.’
      • ‘For the first time ever, the terror alert level has been elevated to cater for the four-day exercise.’
    4. 1.4Raise the axis of (a piece of artillery) to increase its range.
      ‘The fact that both mortar and machine gun can be elevated to 71.5 degrees makes the system especially useful in MOUT.’
      • ‘The demolition gun may be elevated or depressed for use at various ranges up to 925 meters and is coaxial mounted with a 7.62 mm machine gun.’
      • ‘Switzerland produced its own tanks and in Sweden the highly original S-Tank appeared - an almost flat turretless tank destroyer which elevated and depressed its gun by adjusting its suspension.’



/ˈeləˌvāt/ /ˈɛləˌveɪt/


Late Middle English from Latin elevat- ‘raised’, from the verb elevare, from e- (variant of ex-) ‘out, away’ + levare ‘lighten’ (from levis ‘light’).