V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary
Definition: to excite, give pride to, or fill with optimism
Synonyms: exhilarate, delight, thrill, excite, please, inspire, encourage, stimulate
Antonyms: deflate, disappoint, dampen
Tips: The adjective form of elate is elated, or "very pleased or proud." The noun form is elation, which means "joy, exhilaration, or pleasure." It is close in meaning to ecstatic, denoting a level of thrill. The difference is that ecstatic is marked by ecstasy--sheer joy, to the point of being overtaken by emotions, while elated is marked by exultation and focuses more on the outward expression of joy and pride. Most often, you feel ecstatic--consumed by joyous emotions and you act elated--exultant, proud.
The coach was elated when her team won the game. (exhilarated, proud) adjective
The visiting puppies will elate the children at the hospital. (delight, thrill, please)
Ann could not hide her elation when she was chosen Class President. (joy, delight) noun
The little boy was clearly elated by his perfect score on the spelling test. (excited, proud) adjective
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