v. ele·vat·ed, ele·vat·ing, ele·vates
v.tr. ele·vat·ed, ele·vat·ing, ele·vates
1. To move (something) to a higher place or position from a lower one; lift. See Synonyms at lift.
2. To increase the amount or intensity of: factors that elevate blood pressure.
3. To promote to a higher rank.
4. To raise to a higher moral, cultural, or intellectual level: elevate the tone of the debate.
5. To lift the spirits of; elate.
Baseball To throw a high pitch, usually a fastball, after a series of lower pitches, especially in an attempt to get a strikeout.
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