Definition of exalt in English:



  • 1 Hold (someone or something) in very high regard; think or speak very highly of.

    ‘the party will continue to exalt its hero’
    • ‘In both the ruling and opposition camps, there are people who tirelessly exalt political unification and economic integration.’
    • ‘Are we to believe that in the rational future, these works will be surpassed by works exalting happiness and denigrating self-sacrifice?’
    • ‘In several passages, he exalts the American weaponry used in the Balkans, particularly the latest Air Force technology.’
    • ‘Paul's great ‘hymn to love’ in 1 Corinthians exalts love as ‘a still more excellent way.’’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This sentimental literature exalted spontaneous and expressive emotion springing directly from the heart.’
    • ‘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 dethrone the heroes of the day and exalt new ones in the journals and popular media.’
    • ‘We are talking about people who exalt the effort to preserve slavery.’
    • ‘Malick exalts the beauty of the land in this exquisitely shot picture, creating a form of visual poetry which is quite simply mesmeric.’
    • ‘They always exalt Christ and clearly speak of the preacher's deep spiritual knowledge of his Saviour.’
    • ‘And one should never mention nor hear the mention of the name without adding praise or responding amen to one who exalts God.’
    • ‘In a nutshell, the book exalts the West, capitalism, Christianity, and the creative human spirit.’
    • ‘It will be worth it in the end - to see God truly glorified, as the gospel, which exalts his Son, is preached and believed.’
    • ‘We exalt effortless brilliance, we celebrate talent and the achievement that comes easily, naturally.’
    • ‘The poets exalt you with their hymns - you whose undertakings are ever successful.’
    • ‘Mike disses the Latin conception of law and exalts the Anglo-Saxon conception.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘We economists emphasize efficiency over equity, glorify greed, and exalt the achievements of free markets, to name just a few.’
    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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    1. 1.1Raise to a higher rank or a position of greater power.
      ‘this naturally exalts the peasant above his brethren in the same rank of society’
      • ‘Behaviorism has long justified itself by a philosophy that exalts prediction and control over theoretical explanation.’
      • ‘Those who allow Satan in their temple, declaring humanistic wisdom, are exalting themselves above God and opposing God.’
      • ‘God highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name which is above every name, that is, Lord.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Often this is a love devoid of content, that exalts unity over truth to avoid confrontation.’
      • ‘Isaiah 14 talks about Lucifer wanting to exalt his throne above the throne of God.’
      • ‘The Bible says in Proverbs 14: 34: ‘Righteousness exalts a nation but sin is a reproach to any people.’’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He has pulled the princes from their thrones and exalted the humble.’
      • ‘Sin always magnifies the wrong thing and tries to exalt what is insignificant.’
      • ‘Your highness, even with our humble spread, we cannot think to exalt ourselves and sit by your majesty.’
      • ‘Truly God exalts the humble and cast down the proud.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Whether exalting technology over people, or people over technology, we are not moving beyond the binaries that are currently limiting us.’
      • ‘The point here is not to exalt Elisabeth to a position of equal stature.’
      elevate, promote, raise, advance, boost, upgrade, ennoble, dignify, aggrandize
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    2. 1.2Make 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.