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
  1. verb
    fill with high spirits; fill with optimism
    synonyms: intoxicate, lift up, pick up, uplift
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    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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