verb ex·ult \ig-ˈzəlt\

: to feel or show great happiness

: to say (something) in a very excited and happy way

Full Definition of EXULT

intransitive verb
obsolete :  to leap for joy
:  to be extremely joyful :  rejoice <the team exulted in their victory>
ex·ult·ing·ly \-ˈzəl-tiŋ-lē\ adverb

Examples of EXULT

  1. That was the best meal I've ever had! he exulted.
  2. <the winners of the Super Bowl spent the next week exulting in their victory>

Origin of EXULT

Middle French exulter, from Latin exsultare, literally, to leap up, from ex- + saltare to leap — more at saltation
First Known Use: 1548

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EXULT Defined for Kids


verb ex·ult \ig-ˈzəlt\

Definition of EXULT for Kids

:  to feel or show great happiness :  rejoice

Word History of EXULT

When we exult we feel like jumping for joy. At first the English word exult meant to jump for joy. Exult came from a Latin word exsultare that meant literally to jump up. This word was formed from the prefix ex-, meaning out, and the verb saltare, meaning to jump.


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