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elevate

Syllabification: el·e·vate
Pronunciation: /ˈeləˌvāt
 
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Definition of elevate in English:

verb

[with object]
1Raise or lift (something) up to a higher position: the exercise will naturally elevate your chest and head
More example sentences
  • After a while I found I was able to lift my arms, elevate them slightly - both my arms, but it was very slow.
  • Aaron raised an eyebrow and elevated his fingers again.
  • Raise the bar by elevating your shoulders to just below ear level; at the same time bend and flare your elbows and immediately turn palms towards the floor.
Synonyms
raise, lift (up), raise up/aloft, upraise;
hoist, hike up, haul up
1.1Raise to a more important or impressive level: in the 1920s he was elevated to secretary of state exotic toppings elevate a pizza from fast food to fine food
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  • Saying nothing important is elevated to the level of a virtue.
  • Having sung praises to this young man who is soon to be elevated to the Bench, I believe it's equally important to put his recent edicts under scrutiny.
  • Fortunately, with the arrival of the Winter Games, hockey competition has once again been elevated to an international level.
Synonyms
ennoble, exalt, aggrandize
informal move up the ladder
1.2(Of a priest) hold up (a consecrated host or chalice) for adoration.
Example sentences
  • He recited the words of institution in German but not the Canon and failed to elevate the host and chalice, distributing them in both species immediately after the consecratory words.
  • You will not find me poring over the General Instruction of the Roman Missal late at night, wondering if padre elevated the host high enough.
  • In the National Gallery's Mass of Saint Giles, for example, the saint elevates the Host at the moment of consecration.
1.3Increase the level or amount of (something, especially the level of a component of a person’s blood): high amounts of the drug can elevate blood pressure
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  • They are referred to as ‘bad cholesterol’ because they elevate blood cholesterol levels and risks for developing cardiovascular disease.
  • High erythropoietin levels can elevate blood pressure either via a polycythemia/hyperviscosity mechanism or by direct pressor effects.
  • The patient felt fine and ASW could find no source of an infection that could be elevating his glucose level; she wondered if the change was caused by progression of his cancer and declining pancreatic function.
1.4Raise the axis of (a piece of artillery) to increase its range.
Example sentences
  • The fact that both mortar and machine gun can be elevated to 71.5 degrees makes the system especially useful in MOUT.
  • The demolition gun may be elevated or depressed for use at various ranges up to 925 meters and is coaxial mounted with a 7.62 mm machine gun.
  • Switzerland produced its own tanks and in Sweden the highly original S-Tank appeared - an almost flat turretless tank destroyer which elevated and depressed its gun by adjusting its suspension.

Origin

late Middle English: from Latin elevat- 'raised', from the verb elevare, from e- (variant of ex-) 'out, away' + levare 'lighten' (from levis 'light').

Derivatives

elevatory

1
Pronunciation: /-vəˌtôrē/
adjective

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