exhilarate

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verb ex·hil·a·rate \ig-ˈzi-lə-ˌrāt\

Definition of exhilarate

exhilarated

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exhilarating

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to make cheerful and excited :  enliven, elate was exhilarated by her success

  3. 2 :  refresh, stimulate

exhilaratingly

play \ig-ˈzi-lə-ˌrā-tiŋ-lē\ adverb

exhilarative

play \ig-ˈzi-lə-ˌrā-tiv\ adjective

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Examples of exhilarate in a Sentence

  1. the exhilarating feeling of flying that hang gliding offers

  2. the climactic moment of commencement ceremonies usually exhilarates graduates and proud parents alike

Recent Examples of exhilarate from the Web

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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).

Origin and Etymology of exhilarate

Latin exhilaratus, past participle of exhilarare, from ex- + hilarare to gladden, from hilarus cheerful — more at hilarious


First Known Use: 1540


EXHILARATE Defined for English Language Learners

exhilarate

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verb

Definition of exhilarate for English Language Learners

  • : to cause (someone) to feel very happy and excited


EXHILARATE Defined for Kids

exhilarate

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verb ex·hil·a·rate \ig-ˈzi-lə-ˌrāt\

Definition of exhilarate for Students

exhilarated

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exhilarating

  1. :  to make cheerful or excited



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