- 1Raise or lift (something) up to a higher position: the exercise will naturally elevate your chest and headMore 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.
- 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 foodMore example sentences
- 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.
- 1.2(Of a priest) hold up (a consecrated host or chalice) for adoration.More 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 pressureMore example sentences
- 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.More 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.
late Middle English: from Latin elevat- 'raised', from the verb elevare, from e- (variant of ex-) 'out, away' + levare 'lighten' (from levis 'light').