tr.v. ex·alt·ed, ex·alt·ing, ex·alts
1. To raise in rank, character, or status; elevate: exalted the shepherd to the rank of grand vizier.
2. To glorify, praise, or honor.
3. To increase the effect or intensity of; heighten: works of art that exalt the imagination.
[Middle English exalten, from Latin exaltāre : ex-, up, away; see EX- + altus, high; see al-2 in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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