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Examples of exhilarate in a Sentence
the exhilarating feeling of flying that hang gliding offers
the climactic moment of commencement ceremonies usually exhilarates graduates and proud parents alike
Recent Examples of exhilarate from the Web
Otellini led chip giant through challenging—and exhilarating—times.
But over time everyone will realize that Dominic Thiem is, in his quiet way, exhilarating to witness.
Dillashaw reclaimed his bantamweight title in an exhilarating second-round knockout over his former sparring partner.
The experience is all at once exhilarating, nauseating, breathtaking and honest-to-God terrifying.
But those might just be bloody, shuddery distractions: with apologies to Sartre, in Darren Aronofsky’s exhilarating, shape-shifting horror-not-horror movie, the real hell is other people.
What a challenge this is, but also what an exhilarating gift.
But Ross was undaunted—and exhilarated by the chance to use her mathematic and engineering skills to make theory into reality.
There was something exhilarating about all of this in an art form usually laced up tight in strict roles and decorum.
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Did You Know?
Many people find "exhilarate" a difficult word to spell. It's easy to forget that silent "h" in there, and is it an "er" or "ar" after the "l"? It may be easier to remember the spelling if you know that "exhilarate" is ultimately derived from the Latin adjective hilarus, meaning "cheerful." (This also explains why the earliest meaning of "exhilarate" is "to make cheerful.") "Exhilarate" comes from "exhilaratus," the past participle of "exhilarare," which is formed by combining ex- and hilarare, a verb that derives from "hilarus" and means "to cheer or gladden." If "hilarus" looks familiar, that may be because it's also the source of "hilarious" and "hilarity" (as well as "hilariously" and "hilariousness," of course).
Synonymscharge, electrify, excite, thrill, galvanize, intoxicate, pump up, titillate, turn on
Related Wordsarouse, incite, inspire, provoke, stimulate; bewitch, captivate, charm, delight, enchant, enthrall (or enthral), hypnotize, mesmerize, rivet, spellbind; interest, intrigue, tantalize
Near Antonymsbore, jade, pall, tire, weary; deject, demoralize, discourage, dishearten, dispirit
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