Open main menu

Wiktionary β




From Latin elevatus, past participle of elevare (to raise, lift up), from e (out) + levare (to make light, to lift), from levis (light); see levity and lever.



elevate (third-person singular simple present elevates, present participle elevating, simple past and past participle elevated)

  1. (transitive) To raise (something) to a higher position; to lift.
  2. (transitive) To promote (someone) to a higher rank.
    • 2014, A. D. Wright, The Early Modern Papacy
      Much has also been made recently of the distorting effects exerted on the administration of Urban VIII by the interests of the Barberini nephews, especially of the two elevated to cardinal status.
    • 2014, Guy W. Lecky-Thompson, Inside SharePoint 2007 Administration (page 55)
      At that point, you have to elevate the account's rights, activate the feature, and then demote the account again.
  3. (transitive) To ennoble or honour/honor (someone).
  4. (transitive) To lift someone's spirits; to cheer up.
  5. (transitive) To increase the intensity of something, especially that of sound.
    to elevate the voice
  6. (dated, colloquial, humorous) To intoxicate in a slight degree; to render tipsy.
    • Sir Walter Scott
      The elevated cavaliers sent for two tubs of merry stingo.
  7. (obsolete, Latinism) To lessen; to detract from; to disparage.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Jeremy Taylor to this entry?)



Related termsEdit



elevate (comparative more elevate, superlative most elevate)

  1. (obsolete) Elevated; raised aloft.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Milton to this entry?)

Further readingEdit