[v] raise in rank, character, or status; "exalted the humble shoemaker to the rank of King's adviser"
[v] praise, glorify, or honor; "extol the virtues of one's children"; "glorify one's spouse's cooking"
[v] fill with sublime emotion; tickle pink (exhilarate is obsolete in this usage); "The children were thrilled at the prospect of going to the movies"; "He was inebriated by his phenomenal success"
[v] heighten or intensify; "These paintings exalt the imagination"
animate, beatify, enliven, exhilarate, extol, glorify, inebriate, inspire, invigorate, laud, proclaim, thrill