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 ‘grand, noble’, with reference to status, ideals, etc.:

• No member of your Government should consider his position to be more important and exalted than that of the Paramount Chief —Rand Daily Mail, 1917.

Exult (pronounced ig-zult) means ‘to feel great joy or triumph’, and is common in its adjectival form exultant:

• Alice could hardly prevent herself from openly exulting —Doris Lessing, 1986

• As the camera pulled back on the last shot and credits were shown on the screen, the tension in the studio relaxed, replaced by an exultant mood —S. Conran, 1992.

The meanings come very close in the corresponding nouns, exaltation = expression of praise, and exultation = expression of joy.

Modern English usage. 2014.

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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 — 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 {O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 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 — 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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