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verb [transitive] formal elevate pronunciation in American English /ˈeləˌveɪt/ 
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present tense
I/you/we/theyelevate
he/she/itelevates
present participleelevating
past tenseelevated
past participleelevated
  1. 1
    to improve the status or importance of someone or something

    We need to work together to elevate the position of women in society.

    elevate someone/something to something:

    The brilliant script elevates the film to the status of a classic.

    1. a.
      to give someone a more important job or position
      elevate someone to something:

      The President elevated him to the chairmanship of the council.

  2. 2
    to increase the level of something

    Hormone treatment was shown to elevate cancer risk.

  3. 3
    to raise something to a higher physical position

    We are looking at elevating homes that have been devastated by this flood.

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