elevate (someone or something) to (something)

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elevate (someone or something) to (something)

1. To promote someone to a better position. While my manager was out on maternity leave, they elevated me to her position and I oversaw the whole department.
2. To promote the importance of something. If we don't elevate this issue to urgent, it will never get done.
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elevate someone or something to something

to raise the status of someone to something; to promote someone to something higher, such as a job, a better status, etc. The success elevated her to a new rank and higher pay. The boss's attention elevated the policy question to the highest priority. She sought to elevate herself to some sort of social goddess.
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The defendant originally received a 12-year sentence, but the judge in the case elevated it to 16 years, based on aggravating facts presented at a sentencing hearing after the trial.
The jury verdict determined a 12-year sentence, but the judge elevated it to 16 years based on six aggravating circumstances -- such as the violent conduct of the defendant and the vulnerability of the victim -- that were not presented at the jury trial.
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