To elevate is to lift up, either literally or figuratively. One way to elevate your mood is to exercise and elevate your heart rate. But if you exercise too hard and sprain your ankle, you might have to elevate it by propping it on a pillow.

An elevator elevates you: it carries you to a higher floor in a building. Elevate can also mean to raise something to a higher intellectual level, as when an informed speaker elevates the level of debate about an issue. A boss can elevate, or promote, a worker to a better position. For example, a restaurant manager might elevate a superb busboy to the position of waiter. Elevate comes from Latin elevates, which means “to raise” or even "to lighten.”

Definitions of elevate

v raise from a lower to a higher position

bring up, get up, lift, raise
bring down, get down, let down, lower, take down
move something or somebody to a lower position
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get up
cause to rise
jack, jack up
lift with a special device
lift onto one's shoulders
kick up
cause to rise by kicking
hoist, lift, wind
raise or haul up with or as if with mechanical help
trice, trice up
raise with a line
hoist, run up
move from one place to another by lifting
raise (gases or fluids) with a pump
cause to rise in the air and float, as if in defiance of gravity
raise or support (the level of printing) by inserting a piece of paper or cardboard under the type
elevate onto skids
raise on or as if on a pinnacle
chin, chin up
raise oneself while hanging from one's hands until one's chin is level with the support bar
leaven, prove, raise
cause to puff up with a leaven
increase the height of
boost, hike, hike up
gather up, lift up, pick up
take and lift upward
erect, rear
cause to rise up
trice, trice up
hoist up or in and lash or secure with a small rope
pitch, set up
erect and fasten
cock up, prick, prick up
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displace, move
cause to move or shift into a new position or place, both in a concrete and in an abstract sense

v raise in rank or condition

lift, raise
raise the status of
raise in rank, character, or status
exalt to the position of a God
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alter, change, modify
cause to change; make different; cause a transformation

v give a promotion to or assign to a higher position

advance, kick upstairs, promote, raise, upgrade
break, bump, demote, kick downstairs, relegate
assign to a lower position; reduce in rank
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give life-time employment to
bring up
promote from a lower position or rank
spot promote
promote on the spot
ennoble, entitle, gentle
give a title to someone; make someone a member of the nobility
favor, favour, prefer
promote or prefer over another
promote somebody by brevet, in the military
baronetise, baronetize
confer baronetcy upon
make a lord of someone
dub, knight
raise (someone) to knighthood
give an advantage to
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assign, delegate, depute, designate
give an assignment to (a person) to a post, or assign a task to (a person)

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