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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
There are loud arguments, fraught encounters, dastardly threats and exhilarating acts of heroism.
The effect is at first exhilarating, then discombobulating, then exhausting.
The other part of me finds the velocity exhilarating.
The exhilarating off-road chase was the capstone on months of grueling manual-labor groundwork.
By region, here are the best destinations for families and children: BAY AREA Angel Island State Park, San Francisco Bay: The boat ride to Ayala Cove, with the wind in your face and landmarks in every direction, is exhilarating.
The result is acceleration that’s fine for passing and highway cruising, but not exhilarating.
Chances are, that beneath it there is an exhilarating rush of anticipation.
Naked empowerment fantasies are exhilarating, a little shameful, and obviously implausible.
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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).
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
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