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elevate

el·e·vate

elevate

 
 
pronunciation:
e l veIt
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: elevated, elevates, elevating
definition 1: to raise or lift up to a higher physical position.
Her doctor told her she should elevate her legs.In the final scene, the stagehands will elevate the platform that the actor stands on.
synonyms:
lift, move up, raise
antonyms:
lower
similar words:
boost, heave, hoist, rise, upheave, uprear
definition 2: to raise or promote to a higher level or status.
Music always elevates his spirits.She was elevated recently to the rank of full professor.
synonyms:
advance, exalt, move up, promote, raise, upgrade
antonyms:
degrade, demote, humble, lower
similar words:
aggrandize, ennoble, kick upstairs
definition 3: to improve the cultural, intellectual, or moral level of.
Somewhat arrogantly, he hoped to elevate her taste in literature.The moralistic readings were intended to elevate the minds of the students.
synonyms:
improve, lift
antonyms:
depress
similar words:
busy, cheer, heighten, raise, uplift
definition 4: to increase in degree or volume.
A diet high in saturated fat is likely to elevate one's cholesterol.They wrapped the shivering child in blankets in order to elevate his body temperature.
synonyms:
advance, boost, heighten, intensify
antonyms:
lower
similar words:
escalate, hike, raise
derivation: elevatingly (adv.)
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-ate1 Latin verb-forming suffix that means to make, cause, do
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The suffix -ate primarily forms transitive verbs from Latin bases. Many -ate verbs were loanwords from Latin. Verbs ending in -ate combine with the suffix -ion to form nouns ending in -ation. These verbs also have corresponding agent nouns ending in -ator (navigator, dictator, elevator).