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Date: 1300-1400
Language: Latin
Origin: elevatus, past participle of elevare 'to lift up'

elevate

verb
     
el‧e‧vate [transitive]
1 formal to move someone or something to a more important level or rank, or make them better than before:
Language has elevated humans above the other animals.
elevate somebody/something to something
Their purpose is to elevate AIDS to the top of government priorities.
2 technical to lift someone or something to a higher position:
Gradually elevate the patient into an upright position.
3 technical to increase the amount, temperature, pressure etc of something:
These drugs may elevate acid levels in the blood.

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