verb (used with object), el·e·vat·ed, el·e·vat·ing.
- to move or raise to a higher place or position; lift up.
- to raise to a higher state, rank, or office; exalt; promote: to elevate an archbishop to cardinal.
- to raise to a higher intellectual or spiritual level: Good poetry may elevate the mind.
- to raise the spirits; put in high spirits.
- to raise (the voice) in pitch or volume.
- Archaic. raised; elevated.
- to move to a higher place
- to raise in rank or status; promote
- to put in a cheerful mood; elate
- to put on a higher cultural plane; upliftto elevate the tone of a conversation
- to raise the axis of a gun
- to raise the intensity or pitch of (the voice)
- RC Church to lift up (the Host) at Mass for adoration
late 15c., from Latin elevatus, past participle of elevare “lift up, raise,” figuratively, “to lighten, alleviate,” from ex- “out” (see ex-) + levare “lighten, raise,” from levis “light” in weight (see lever). Related: Elevated; elevating.