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Commendation, when leader leaves, brings uplift (5)


I believe the answer is:


'uplift' is the definition.
(I know that uplift is a more specific form of the action excite)

'commendation when leader leaves' is the wordplay.
'commendation' becomes 'praise' (praise is a kind of commendation).
'when leader leaves' means to remove the first letter.
'praise' with its initial letter taken off is 'RAISE'.

'brings' acts as a link.

(Other definitions for raise that I've seen before include "Heighten" , "More money from America" , "Cultivate by growing" , "Amplify" , "What a poker player might do" .)

I've seen this clue in The Times.
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