exhilarate


ex·hil·a·rate

verb \ig-ˈzi-lə-ˌrāt\

: to cause (someone) to feel very happy and excited

ex·hil·a·rat·edex·hil·a·rat·ing

Full Definition of EXHILARATE

transitive verb
1
:  to make cheerful and excited :  enliven, elate <was exhilarated by her success>
2
ex·hil·a·rat·ing·ly \ig-ˈzi-lə-ˌrā-tiŋ-lē\ adverb
ex·hil·a·ra·tive \-ˌrā-tiv\ adjective

Examples of EXHILARATE

  1. <the exhilarating feeling of flying that hang gliding offers>
  2. <the climactic moment of commencement ceremonies usually exhilarates graduates and proud parents alike>

Origin of EXHILARATE

Latin exhilaratus, past participle of exhilarare, from ex- + hilarare to gladden, from hilarus cheerful — more at hilarious
First Known Use: 1540

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