One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘they exalted their hero’
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
informal put on a pedestal
rare laud, magnify
2‘this power exalts the peasant above his brethren’
elevate, promote, raise, advance, boost, upgrade, ennoble, dignify, aggrandize
improve the status of, improve the standing of, give someone a higher rank
3‘the works of Milton and Wordsworth exalted me’
uplift, elevate, inspire, excite, stimulate, animate, enliven, exhilarate, elate, delight, transport
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