Definition of elate in English:

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Pronunciation: /əˈlāt/


[with object] (usually as adjective elated)
Make (someone) ecstatically happy: I felt elated at beating Dennis
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  • I was elated by the euphoria and the celebrations that followed our victory.
  • He swung her up, elated beyond words, for he saw this as a small proof that she did really care for him still.
  • I was elated when he finally served me a ham and cheese toastie, and would have happily waited half an hour for him to cook it.
thrilled, delighted, overjoyed, ecstatic, euphoric, very happy, joyous, gleeful, jubilant, beside oneself, exultant, rapturous, in raptures, walking on air, on cloud nine, in seventh heaven, jumping for joy, in transports of delight
informal on top of the world, over the moon, on a high, tickled pink


In high spirits; exultant or proud: the ladies returned with elate and animated faces
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  • His eye, elate with happiness, was reading eagerly the tearful gaze of Haidee, when suddenly the door opened.
  • Elate with joy I rise.



Example sentences
  • It was, as he said elatedly to me at the reception afterwards, ‘freezing’.
  • ‘It's a girl,’ the doctor announced elatedly, giving her to the nurses to wipe and clean her off.
  • People were tucking in hungrily and chatting elatedly. ‘I'm a bit out of place here’ thought Jessica.


Example sentences
  • I walked the few blocks to the flower shop with a mixture of nervousness and elatedness.
  • Write a short story, featuring a character going through something emotional, it can be anything from anger to happiness, from sadness to elatedness.
  • There is something very special about our bus, a feeling of elatedness I get when I am inside.


Late Middle English (as an adjective): from Latin elat- 'raised', from the verb efferre, from ex- 'out, from' + ferre 'to bear'. The verb dates from the late 16th century.

Words that rhyme with elate

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Syllabification: e·late

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