To elate is to fill with happiness. If you are elated, you are thrilled. You are walking on air.

Elate sounds a bit like inflate. Although the words are not related, if you elate someone the feeling is probably a bit like inflating them — filling them with happiness, making them feel as though they're floating above the ground. Not surprisingly, the word's original sixteenth century meaning was "to physically lift or raise up."

Definitions of elate

v fill with high spirits; fill with optimism

intoxicate, lift up, pick up, uplift
cast down, deject, demoralise, demoralize, depress, dismay, dispirit, get down
lower someone's spirits; make downhearted
make blessedly happy
make proud or conceited
beatify, exalt, exhilarate, inebriate, thrill, tickle pink
fill with sublime emotion
Type of:
excite, shake, shake up, stimulate, stir
stir the feelings, emotions, or peace of

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