elevate

Definitions

  • A. Cross-Section Thru Back Left Leg and Adjoining Rails of Table. (Plan). B. Elevation, Showing Wide Shoulder on Tenon of Rail
    A. Cross-Section Thru Back Left Leg and Adjoining Rails of Table. (Plan). B. Elevation, Showing Wide Shoulder on Tenon of Rail
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v elevate raise in rank or condition "The new law lifted many people from poverty"
    • v elevate raise from a lower to a higher position "Raise your hands","Lift a load"
    • v elevate give a promotion to or assign to a higher position "John was kicked upstairs when a replacement was hired","Women tend not to advance in the major law firms","I got promoted after many years of hard work"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

The "Elevated Den" in the Ball Room The "Elevated Den" in the Ball Room
Colonel Lockwood's Farewell to the Kitchen on his elevation to the Upper House Colonel Lockwood's Farewell to the Kitchen on his elevation to the Upper House
Tank-Engine, N. Y. Elevated Railroad Tank-Engine, N. Y. Elevated Railroad
Compound Marine Engine, Side Elevation Compound Marine Engine, Side Elevation

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The White House has 35 bathrooms, 3 elevators, 132 rooms, and 412 doors in it
    • a Elevate Elevated; raised aloft.
    • Elevate To bring from a lower place to a higher; to lift up; to raise; as, to elevate a weight, a flagstaff, etc.
    • Elevate To exalt; to ennoble; to dignify; as, to elevate the mind or character.
    • Elevate To intoxicate in a slight degree; to render tipsy. "The elevated cavaliers sent for two tubs of merry stingo."
    • Elevate To lessen; to detract from; to disparage.
    • Elevate To raise from a depressed state; to animate; to cheer; as, to elevate the spirits.
    • Elevate To raise to a higher pitch, or to a greater degree of loudness; -- said of sounds; as, to elevate the voice.
    • Elevate To raise to a higher station; to promote; as, to elevate to an office, or to a high social position.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The first building with an elevator was the six-story 130-foot Equitable Life Building in New York. It was built in 1870.
    • elevate To move or cause to move from a lower to a higher level, place, or position; raise; lift; lift up: as, to elevate the host in the service of the mass; to elevate the voice.
    • elevate To raise to a higher state or station; exalt; raise from a low, common, or primary state, as by training or education; raise from or above low conceptions: as, to elevate a man to an office; to elevate the character.
    • elevate To excite; cheer; animate: as, to elevate the spirits.
    • elevate Hence To intoxicate slightly; render somewhat tipsy.
    • elevate To make light or unimportant; diminish the weight or importance of.
    • elevate Synonyms To lift up, uplift.
    • elevate To promote, ennoble.
    • elevate Lift, Exalt, etc. See raise.
    • elevate Raised; elevated.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The highest point of the earth, with an elevation of 29,141 feet, is the top of Mt. Everest in Tibet.
    • v.t Elevate el′e-vāt to raise to a higher position: to raise in mind and feelings: to improve: to cheer: to exhilarate: to intoxicate
    • p.adjs Elevate raised: dignified: exhilarated
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Quotations

  • Henry David Thoreau
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    “I know of no more encouraging fact than the unquestionable ability of man to elevate his life by conscious endeavor.”
  • Christopher Dawson
    Christopher Dawson
    “The man who is fond of books is usually a man of lofty thought, and of elevated opinions.”
  • Jim Ferree
    Jim Ferree
    “There are some people who knock the pyramids because they don't have elevators.”
  • G. Darley
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    “Fashionabilty is a kind of elevated vulgarity.”
  • Walter Savage Landor
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    “Everything that looks to the future elevates human nature. Never is life so low or so little as when occupied with the present.”
  • Denis Diderot
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    “Only passions, great passions can elevate the soul to great things.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. elevatus, p. p. of elevare,; e, + levare, to lift up, raise, akin to levis, light in weight. See Levity
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. elevāre, -ātume, out, up, levāre, to raise—levis, light. See Light (2).

Usage

In literature:

Once he took a position as guard on the elevated road, but caught cold and was forced to give it up.
"The Third Degree" by Charles Klein and Arthur Hornblow
Rick looked around him as they walked to the elevators.
"The Electronic Mind Reader" by John Blaine
Some were slightly elevated, but most of them were not in the least so.
"North American Medical and Surgical Journal, Vol. 2, No. 3, July, 1826" by Various
Duvall went up in the elevator, and a few moments later, was knocking at the door of Mrs. Morton's suite.
"The Film of Fear" by Arnold Fredericks
This plaza has an elevation of over six thousand eight hundred feet above the level of the sea.
"Aztec Land" by Maturin M. Ballou
Is there then no such thing as elevated ideal character of landscape?
"Modern Painters Volume I (of V)" by John Ruskin
They often rest upon the water, elevating their long tails to keep them from getting wet.
"The Bird Book" by Chester A. Reed
The city was early elevated to a bishopric.
"Carmen Ariza" by Charles Francis Stocking
A big elevator like yours will be almost decisive.
"Calumet 'K'" by Samuel Merwin
When one shoulder is elevated for a long time, what is the effect upon the spinal column?
"A Treatise on Anatomy, Physiology, and Hygiene (Revised Edition)" by Calvin Cutter
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In poetry:

Music's sweet uses are, to smooth
Each rough and angry passion;
To elevate at once, and soothe:
A heavenly recreation.
"To A Young Lady, On Being Too Fond Of Music" by Charles Lamb
Trams are rolling all about you--
How the Elevated roars!
And above their noise and tumult
Your thin twanging vainly soars.
"To A Hurdy-Gurdy" by Charles Hanson Towne
Eve. Yet he reflects, and wishes
That Eve should now forsake
Her hope of being happy In elevating man,
Even while I hold the fruit of exaltation!
"Adam: A Sacred Drama. Act 3." by William Cowper
'Then o'er the Hill with furious sweep
It rends the elevated tree--
Sure-footed beast, thy road thou'lt keep;
Nor storm nor darkness startles thee!
"Market-Night" by Robert Bloomfield
Eve. Ah, my unhappy state!
I that so much have said, so much have done
To elevate this man
Above the highest Heaven, and now so little
Can he or trust or love me!
"Adam: A Sacred Drama. Act 3." by William Cowper
So shall I chant thy glory and thy praise,
And ever in the pleasing task rejoice,
And magnify thy name, throughout my days,
For health restor'd, with elevated voice.
"Another On The Same Subject " by Rees Prichard

In news:

LAST winter I moved into a new apartment on the sixth floor of an elevator building in Brooklyn Heights.
When I rode up in our office building's elevator several weeks ago, a guy looked at me and said, "Aren't you, Jazz".
Chicago Transit Authority's Elevated Train Station: Morgan Street Station.
So to prove it, they covered the floor of an elevator with the screens and had cameras running when unsuspecting office workers got into the lift.
Modeling the Motion of a Falling Elevator.
State, county officials identify Potter Park Zoo as a potential source of elevated E. Coli levels in the Red Cedar River due to runoff from animal enclosures.
The contest had to be moved to Guthrie after elevated levels of E. Coli bacteria were found in the water.
Here's her elevator pitch for her Eisner nominated book The Ferret 's a Foot.
Elevating a French classic from excellent to sublime.
High elevations, stacked against walls, etc.
Woman set afire in New York elevator.
Amy Adams, on the elevator, trying not to giggle, in "The Master".
A Winter Storm Warning for elevations above 6000 feet remains in effect until 5 am MST Thursday.
Ready to elevate your fitness performance to "All-Pro" levels.
We were in the elevator on our way to meet my wife for dinner.
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In science:

Free surface elevation ζ (t) at x = 1550 m obtained from Fig. 3.
Freak Waves in Random Oceanic Sea States
While IR entails returning relevant information in response to short-term information-seeking goals via requests such as queries, information filtering involves removing persistent and irr elevant information over a long period of time.
A Connection-Centric Survey of Recommender Systems Research
This leads to certain open questions of a purely graph-theoretic type, which combinatorial theorists might elevate to the status of conjectures.
The Random-Cluster Model
It has an elevated base level (since glaciations were more common) and it describes the main epochs of extended glaciations.
The Spiral Structure of the Milky Way, Cosmic Rays, and Ice Age Epochs on Earth
At low temperatures certainly a diagonal interface is much more mobile than a straight one, but at the present fairly elevated temperatures one would not expect this effect to be large.
Nucleation times in the 2D Ising model
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