ex·​hil·​a·​rat·​ed ig-ˈzi-lə-ˌrā-təd How to pronounce exhilarated (audio)
: very happy and excited or elated
As we stepped together in … well-schooled synchrony, I felt free and exhilarated. I felt competent and loved.Natalie Angier
I found Pierre Gagnaire's food … so beautiful and so exciting that I grew increasingly exhilarated.Gourmet
I knew I was tempting fate with my brinkmanship, but I was drawn by the danger and too exhilarated to stop.Richard Bode

Examples of exhilarated in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Unlike his exhilarated mother, Titus reacted neutrally. Jenna Russell, BostonGlobe.com, 16 Sep. 2023 She was surrounded by exhilarated doctors who had completed the first successful fetal brain surgery two days earlier. Kyle Melnick, Washington Post, 12 May 2023 The video showing Masataka Yoshida’s return to Red Sox camp is charming and sweet, telling the story of an exhausted but exhilarated champion rejoining his American baseball teammates. Tara Sullivan, BostonGlobe.com, 23 Mar. 2023 The day of races produced no formal winners or losers — just a lot of exhilarated athletes and boosters. Chronicle Staff, San Francisco Chronicle, 12 Mar. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1657, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of exhilarated was in 1657

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“Exhilarated.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/exhilarated. Accessed 20 Feb. 2024.

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