Definition of elate in English:

elate

verb

[WITH OBJECT]usually as adjective elated
  • Make (someone) ecstatically happy.

    ‘I felt elated at beating Dennis’
    • ‘I was elated when he finally served me a ham and cheese toastie, and would have happily waited half an hour for him to cook it.’
    • ‘The sheriff said the casino owners were elated to get the cash back, even if it was a little wet.’
    • ‘He swung her up, elated beyond words, for he saw this as a small proof that she did really care for him still.’
    • ‘He was elated, since this meant he would probably be the smartest guy on this planet.’
    • ‘I was elated when I left, I can feel the change already and I have not even started the therapy.’
    • ‘I was truly elated to be graduating finally after six drawn out years in computing science.’
    • ‘We were elated to move out of the apartment and into this house with all these rooms.’
    • ‘Two hours later we were elated by antique carving but completely sodden.’
    • ‘The exhausted 58-year-old said he was elated when he arrived back at the school.’
    • ‘I was elated and horrified by the sheer outrageousness of the problem we had set before them.’
    • ‘The kid was elated and told me two or three times about how she had found the way and saved us.’
    • ‘Obviously, Indonesian artists were elated to learn of the appointment of Dullah.’
    • ‘So by the time the water company was ready to finally start digging, people were elated but jaded.’
    • ‘Karen was elated at winning the award but was quick to acknowledge her team of community volunteers.’
    • ‘If he feels free to talk to his mom honestly about what is going on sexually, I'm elated.’
    • ‘I was so elated and overwhelmed that my first immediate reaction was to cry.’
    • ‘We were elated when, with a slight thud, our car nudged into the warmth of the terminal station.’
    • ‘I was elated by the euphoria and the celebrations that followed our victory.’
    • ‘He was elated when he found out about Hugo and we arranged to meet up but never did.’
    • ‘And the child was elated because she had been consulted, she didn't feel powerless.’
    thrilled, exhilarated, happy, delighted, overjoyed, joyous, gleeful, excited, animated, jubilant, beside oneself with happiness, exultant, ecstatic, euphoric, rapturous, in raptures, enraptured, rapt
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adjective

archaic
  • In high spirits; exultant or proud.

    ‘their elate and animated faces’
    • ‘Elate with joy I rise.’
    • ‘His eye, elate with happiness, was reading eagerly the tearful gaze of Haidee, when suddenly the door opened.’

Origin

Late Middle English (as an adjective): from Latin elat- ‘raised’, from the verb efferre, from ex- ‘out, from’ + ferre ‘to bear’. The verb dates from the late 16th century.

Pronunciation

elate

/ɪˈleɪt/