Definition of elevate in English:



  • 1Raise or lift (something) to a higher position.

    ‘the exercise will naturally elevate your chest and head’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘After a while I found I was able to lift my arms, elevate them slightly - both my arms, but it was very slow.’
    • ‘Keep your back flat and chest up as you elevate the bar until it reaches the upper part of your thighs.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Orogens are long, curved belts of deformed rocks that have been elevated into mountain ranges when continents collided with each other.’
    • ‘Raising the lever elevates the breech block back into shooting position.’
    • ‘He said the result of the tipping was that ‘the land becomes increasingly elevated above the adjoining fields and dry stone walls’.’
    • ‘Aaron raised an eyebrow and elevated his fingers again.’
    • ‘The upper half of the bed had been elevated about forty-five degrees, so she appeared to be half-sitting, half-lying.’
    • ‘Grasp your legs behind your thighs and pull your knees toward your chest, elevating your hips off of the floor.’
    • ‘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.’
    raise, raise aloft, raise up, buoy up, upraise, bear aloft
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    1. 1.1(of a priest) hold up (a consecrated host or chalice) for adoration.
      ‘she ordered the bishop celebrating Mass in her chapel not to elevate the Host’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘In the National Gallery's Mass of Saint Giles, for example, the saint elevates the Host at the moment of consecration.’
    2. 1.2Raise the axis of (a piece of artillery) to increase its range.
      ‘the field guns were elevated twenty degrees’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The fact that both mortar and machine gun can be elevated to 71.5 degrees makes the system especially useful in MOUT.’
  • 2Raise to a more important or impressive level.

    ‘he was elevated to Secretary of State’
    ‘he has elevated bad taste into an art form’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 story began about eighteen years ago, well before His Holiness was elevated to his current position of Supreme Patriarch.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘And now they have been elevated to the level of high art.’
    • ‘His latest promotion comes just weeks after he was elevated to the rank of Brigadier General.’
    • ‘So important is the technology that it has been elevated to a national campaign issue this US election year.’
    • ‘No man, or woman either knows but that some accident may elevate them to the position of the hero of the hour.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The film became an instant critical success, and Hanson was elevated to the level of a director whose next effort was anticipated.’
    • ‘I've done my best to elevate people to positions of authority and responsibility.’
    • ‘Former President Bill Clinton elevated the SBA administrator position to Cabinet-level rank during his administration.’
    • ‘Fortunately, with the arrival of the Winter Games, hockey competition has once again been elevated to an international level.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘During that time Fred was promoted to Sergeant and was later elevated to the rank of Inspector.’
    • ‘The United States should not pull out of the U.N. because it elevates totalitarian governments to positions of leadership, though it has.’
    • ‘Increased importance was placed on the divine rights and the infallibility of Shi'ite Imams and they were gradually elevated to the position of prophets.’
    • ‘Saying nothing important is elevated to the level of a virtue.’
    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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    1. 2.1Increase the level of (something)
      ‘the therapy can elevate serum amylase levels’
      • ‘Meanwhile, GlaxoSmithKline is working on a range of medicines that should elevate good cholesterol levels.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘High erythropoietin levels can elevate blood pressure either via a polycythemia/hyperviscosity mechanism or by direct pressor effects.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Omega - 3 essential fats elevate serotonin levels naturally and help improve mood and lift depression.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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’
      • ‘For the first time ever, the terror alert level has been elevated to cater for the four-day exercise.’
      • ‘They are referred to as ‘bad cholesterol’ because they elevate blood cholesterol levels and risks for developing cardiovascular disease.’
      • ‘Diabetics also must be carefully monitored as ephedra can elevate blood glucose levels.’
      • ‘It is well documented that regular exercise helps to elevate your metabolic rate.’


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