AskDefine | Define elevate

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1 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" [syn: promote, upgrade, advance, kick upstairs, raise] [ant: demote]
2 raise from a lower to a higher position; "Raise your hands"; "Lift a load" [syn: raise, lift, get up, bring up] [ant: lower]
3 raise in rank or condition; "The new law lifted many people from poverty" [syn: lift, raise]

User Contributed Dictionary



  1. To raise (something) to a higher position; to lift.
  2. To promote (someone) to a higher rank.
  3. To ennoble or honour/honor (someone).
  4. To lift someone's spirits; to elate.
  5. To increase the intensity of something, especially that of sound.

Related terms


:See promote
increase the intensity of
  • French: augmenter
  • Italian: aumentare



  1. Form of Second-person plural present tense, elevare
  2. Form of Second-person plural imperative, elevare#Italian|elevare

Extensive Definition

Elevate can refer to:

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

acculturate, advance, aggrandize, ameliorate, amend, apotheose, apotheosize, beatify, better, boost, bring forward, buoy up, canonize, cast up, civilize, crown, deify, edify, educate, elate, emend, enhance, enlighten, ennoble, enrich, enshrine, enthrone, erect, escalate, exalt, fatten, favor, flush, forward, foster, glamorize, glorify, go straight, graduate, heave, heft, heighten, heist, hike, hoick, hoist, hold up, immortalize, improve, improve upon, jerk up, kick upstairs, knight, knock up, lard, levitate, lift, lift up, lionize, lob, loft, magnify, make an improvement, make legendary, meliorate, mend, nurture, pass, perk up, pick up, pitch, prefer, promote, raise, raise aloft, raise up, rear, rear aloft, rear up, refine upon, reform, rise, saint, sanctify, set up, sky, socialize, stand upright, stick up, straighten out, take up, throne, throw up, transfigure, transform, up, upbuoy, upcast, upend, upgrade, upheave, uphoist, uphold, uplift, upraise, uprear, upright, upthrow
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