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[verb el-uh-veyt; adjective el-uh-veyt, -vit] /verb ˈɛl əˌveɪt; adjective ˈɛl əˌveɪt, -vɪt/

verb (used with object), elevated, elevating.
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.
verb (transitive)
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; uplift: to 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.


To rob: go out and ”elevate” a bank

[1920s+; probably a play on heist]


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