Definition of exalt in English:



[with object]
  • 1Think or speak very highly of (someone or something)

    ‘the party will continue to exalt their hero’
    • ‘This sentimental literature exalted spontaneous and expressive emotion springing directly from the heart.’
    • ‘In a nutshell, the book exalts the West, capitalism, Christianity, and the creative human spirit.’
    • ‘Are we to believe that in the rational future, these works will be surpassed by works exalting happiness and denigrating self-sacrifice?’
    • ‘Paul's great ‘hymn to love’ in 1 Corinthians exalts love as ‘a still more excellent way.’’
    • ‘Malick exalts the beauty of the land in this exquisitely shot picture, creating a form of visual poetry which is quite simply mesmeric.’
    • ‘How did the Los Angeles Times, through images, walk a fine line between exalting the order of law and fanning the flames of white hysteria?’
    • ‘In both the ruling and opposition camps, there are people who tirelessly exalt political unification and economic integration.’
    • ‘It will be worth it in the end - to see God truly glorified, as the gospel, which exalts his Son, is preached and believed.’
    • ‘I walked around listening to whispered words exalting Grandma Edith's prize winning chrysanthemums, how proud she was of her grandkids, especially Rose, for being selected to go to Girl's State when she was a junior in high school.’
    • ‘The honeymoon is still in full swing, and the media will continue to exalt him until the first signs that his spree is producing results.’
    • ‘We economists emphasize efficiency over equity, glorify greed, and exalt the achievements of free markets, to name just a few.’
    • ‘They always exalt Christ and clearly speak of the preacher's deep spiritual knowledge of his Saviour.’
    • ‘The poets exalt you with their hymns - you whose undertakings are ever successful.’
    • ‘We dethrone the heroes of the day and exalt new ones in the journals and popular media.’
    • ‘And one should never mention nor hear the mention of the name without adding praise or responding amen to one who exalts God.’
    • ‘We exalt effortless brilliance, we celebrate talent and the achievement that comes easily, naturally.’
    • ‘We are talking about people who exalt the effort to preserve slavery.’
    • ‘Mike disses the Latin conception of law and exalts the Anglo-Saxon conception.’
    • ‘In several passages, he exalts the American weaponry used in the Balkans, particularly the latest Air Force technology.’
    glorify, extol, praise, acclaim, pay homage to, pay tribute to, revere, reverence, venerate, worship, hero-worship, lionize, idolize, deify, esteem, hold in high regard, hold in high esteem, hold in awe, look up to
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  • 2Raise to a higher rank or position.

    ‘this naturally exalts the peasant above his brethren in the same rank of society’
    • ‘Sin always magnifies the wrong thing and tries to exalt what is insignificant.’
    • ‘God highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name which is above every name, that is, Lord.’
    • ‘Truly God exalts the humble and cast down the proud.’
    • ‘The Bible says in Proverbs 14: 34: ‘Righteousness exalts a nation but sin is a reproach to any people.’’
    • ‘The point here is not to exalt Elisabeth to a position of equal stature.’
    • ‘Isaiah 14 talks about Lucifer wanting to exalt his throne above the throne of God.’
    • ‘Those who allow Satan in their temple, declaring humanistic wisdom, are exalting themselves above God and opposing God.’
    • ‘Whether exalting technology over people, or people over technology, we are not moving beyond the binaries that are currently limiting us.’
    • ‘Often this is a love devoid of content, that exalts unity over truth to avoid confrontation.’
    • ‘Behaviorism has long justified itself by a philosophy that exalts prediction and control over theoretical explanation.’
    • ‘He recently talked with writer Constance C. R. White about the book and about being a Black man in a business that exalts White beauty and talent above all others.’
    • ‘He has pulled the princes from their thrones and exalted the humble.’
    • ‘Your highness, even with our humble spread, we cannot think to exalt ourselves and sit by your majesty.’
    • ‘It is a very disturbing thing, but, in some countries, going to war exalts the status and political popularity of the incumbent leader.’
    • ‘Moreover, the duty of free respect to others is really only a negative one (of not exalting oneself above others) and is thus analogous to the juridical duty of not encroaching on another's possessions.’
    • ‘And it is also imperative to distinguish between patriotism, love of one's country, and nationalism - the exalting of one's nation and its culture and interests above all others.’
    elevate, promote, raise, advance, boost, upgrade, ennoble, dignify, aggrandize
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    1. 2.1 Make noble in character; dignify.
      ‘romanticism liberated the imagination and exalted the emotions’
      • ‘In the dictionary its meaning is given as lofty, elevated by joy, exalted in character; awakening or expressing an uplifting emotion, producing a sense of elevated beauty, nobility, grandeur, solemnity or awe.’
      • ‘Southern newspapers were rife with editorials exalting Brooks as an honourable southern gentleman who acted appropriately in the defense of his family, home, and ultimately the southern way of life.’
      • ‘It is designed to exalt Christ and glorify him in the minds and hearts of men and women, boys and girls.’
      elevate, promote, raise, advance, boost, upgrade, ennoble, dignify, aggrandize
      uplift, elevate, inspire, excite, stimulate, animate, enliven, exhilarate, elate, delight, transport
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Late Middle English: from Latin exaltare, from ex- ‘out, upward’ + altus ‘high’.