Definition of elevate verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    elevate

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˈelɪveɪt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈelɪveɪt//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they elevate
    BrE BrE//ˈelɪveɪt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈelɪveɪt//
     
    he / she / it elevates
    BrE BrE//ˈelɪveɪts//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈelɪveɪts//
     
    past simple elevated
    BrE BrE//ˈelɪveɪtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈelɪveɪtɪd//
     
    past participle elevated
    BrE BrE//ˈelɪveɪtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈelɪveɪtɪd//
     
    -ing form elevating
    BrE BrE//ˈelɪveɪtɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈelɪveɪtɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1(formal) to give somebody/something a higher position or rank, often more important than they deserve synonym raise, promote elevate somebody/something (to something) He elevated many of his friends to powerful positions within the government. elevate something (into something) It was an attempt to elevate football to a subject worthy of serious study.
  2. 2elevate something (specialist or formal) to lift something up or put something in a higher position It is important that the injured leg should be elevated.
  3. 3elevate something (specialist) to make the level of something increase Smoking often elevates blood pressure.
  4. 4elevate something (formal) to improve a person’s mood, so that they feel happy The song never failed to elevate his spirits.
  5. Word Origin late Middle English: from Latin elevat- ‘raised’, from the verb elevare, from e- (variant of ex-) ‘out, away’ + levare ‘lighten’ (from levis ‘light’).
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