Definition of exalt in English:

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Pronunciation: /iɡˈzôlt/


[with object]
1Hold (someone or something) in very high regard; think or speak very highly of: the party will continue to exalt its hero
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  • They always exalt Christ and clearly speak of the preacher's deep spiritual knowledge of his Saviour.
  • 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.
extol, praise, acclaim, esteem;
pay homage to, revere, venerate, worship, lionize, idolize, look up to
informal put on a pedestal, laud
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
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  • The point here is not to exalt Elisabeth to a position of equal stature.
  • Those who allow Satan in their temple, declaring humanistic wisdom, are exalting themselves above God and opposing God.
  • 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.
1.2Make noble in character; dignify: romanticism liberated the imagination and exalted the emotions
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  • 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.
uplift, elevate, inspire, excite, stimulate, enliven, exhilarate


Late Middle English: from Latin exaltare, from ex- 'out, upward' + altus 'high'.

  • altitude from Late Middle English:

    Altitude is from Latin altitudo, from altus ‘high’. The latter is also the source of altar (Old English), a raised structure for worship, enhance (Middle English), originally ‘make higher’; exalt (Late Middle English), with ex- ‘out, upwards’; and haughty (mid 16th century), from altus via French haut.

Words that rhyme with exalt

assault, Balt, fault, halt, malt, salt, smalt, vault

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Syllabification: ex·alt

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