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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
Changing up your hair and toying with lengths, textures, and shapes is exhilarating and enlivening.
On any summer weekend, Venice Beach is the ultimate urban beach carnival: exhilarating, loud, funky and diverse.
U2's opening set, on a smaller stage closer to the crowd, was exhilarating.
There’s something really exhilarating and really visceral about the rawness of opera.
Boise Gay Pride Parade in 1990 — the first of its kind in our state — was hope-inspiring and exhilarating.
Perez smacked a 412-foot home run to provide the exhilarating winning margin in a 6-4 victory as the Royals continued to rehabilitate their season.
Keyboard whiz/composer Emborg teams up with gifted chromatic harmonica master Mathias Heise (echoes of the late virtuoso Toots Thielemans) to create 10 joyous tracks in an exhilarating new jazz hybrid.
Zuro executed the ploy to perfection, strolling off first base just enough to force Lemont's catcher to abandon the plate, allowing Corona to slide safely for an exhilarating 4-3 comeback win.
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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
EXHILARATE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of exhilarate for English Language Learners
: to cause (someone) to feel very happy and excited
EXHILARATE Defined for Kids
Definition of exhilarate for Students
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