exalt

exalt, magnify, aggrandize are comparable when meaning to increase in importance or in prestige. Exalt and magnify also come into comparison in their older sense of to extol or to glorify
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O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together— Ps 34:3

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In modern general use exalt retains its implication of lifting up but emphasizes a raising in a scale of values without necessarily affecting the quality of the thing raised. Therefore one exalts something above another or at the expense of another
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Rousseau's readiness to exalt spontaneity even at the expense of rationality— Babbitt

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there is a valid reason for not preventing games, but . . . not ... for exalting them into a leading position in the school curriculum— Russell

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Magnify stresses increase in size; it commonly suggests an agency (as an optical device) which affects the vision and causes enlargement of apparent size or one (as a vivid imagination) which affects the judgment and leads to exaggeration
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kind, quiet, nearsighted eyes, which his round spectacles magnified into lambent moons— Deland

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the public opinion which . . . magnifies patriotism into a religion— Brownell

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Aggrandize emphasizes increase in greatness or mightiness; it implies efforts, usually selfish efforts, directed to the attainment of power, authority, or worldly eminence
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if we aggrandize ourselves at the expense of the Mahrattas— Wellington

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have we a satisfaction in aggrandizing our families . . . 1—Fielding

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to those of us who are engaged in constructive research and in invention, there is serious moral risk of aggrandizing what we have accomplished— Wiener

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Analogous words: elevate, raise, *lift: heighten, enhance, intensify: extol, laud, *praise
Antonyms: abase
Contrasted words: demean, debase, degrade, humble, humiliate (see ABASE): disparage, depreciate, detract, derogate, *decry, belittle, minimize

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  • Exalt — Ex*alt , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Exalted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Exalting}.] [L. exaltare; ex out (intens.) + altare to make high, altus high: cf.F. exalter. See {Altitude}.] 1. To raise high; to elevate; to lift up. [1913 Webster] I will exalt my throne …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Exalt — is a word which means to praise, glorify, honor, intensify, or heighten. It is most often used in religious contexts.Exalt and the related term exaltation may refer to: * Exaltation (Mormonism), becoming like God. It also has a broader non Latter …   Wikipedia

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  • exalt — exalt, exult The two words are not related and have different meanings which can be confused because of their closeness of form. Exalt (pronounced ig zawlt) means ‘to praise highly’, and is often used in the participial form exalted, meaning… …   Modern English usage

  • exalt — index belaud, compound, elevate, honor, magnify, overestimate, parlay (exploit successfully), promote (advance) …   Law dictionary

  • exalt — (v.) late 14c., from O.Fr. exalter (10c.), from L. exaltare raise, elevate, from ex out, up (see EX (Cf. ex )) + altus high (see OLD (Cf. old)). Related: Exalted; exalting …   Etymology dictionary

  • exalt — [v] promote, praise acclaim, advance, aggrandize, apotheosize, applaud, bless, boost, build up*, commend, dignify, distinguish, ennoble, erect, eulogize, extol, glorify, halo, honor, idolize, intensify, laud, magnify, pay homage to, pay tribute… …   New thesaurus

  • exalt — ► VERB 1) praise or regard highly. 2) raise to a higher rank or position. ORIGIN Latin exaltare, from altus high …   English terms dictionary

  • exalt — [eg zôlt′, igzôlt′] vt. [ME exalten < OFr exalter < LL (chiefly Ec) exaltare < ex , out, up + altus, high: see OLD] to raise on high; elevate; lift up; specif., a) to raise in status, dignity, power, honor, wealth, etc. b) to praise;… …   English World dictionary

  • exalt — exalter, n. /ig zawlt /, v.t. 1. to raise in rank, honor, power, character, quality, etc.; elevate: He was exalted to the position of president. 2. to praise; extol: to exalt someone to the skies. 3. to stimulate, as the imagination: The lyrics… …   Universalium

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