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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
The numerous times when characters must quickly change from one look to another can be difficult to plan, but are also exhilarating.
Alexandra Nowakowski more than filled out the demands of this exhilarating stretch — trills, runs, its own cadenza, and a spectacular high D near the end.
The 2018 Winter Games didn’t disappoint, leaving us with exhilarating highlights from Nathan Chen’s history-making 6-quad jump routine, to Shaun White winning America’s 100th Winter Olympics gold medal.
Still recruiting storytellers, 120 tickets available Love: Dating in the digital age can be exhausting, exhilarating and downright crazy.
Gonzalo Higuain scored twice, including a penalty, but the Argentina forward also hit the bar from another spot kick at the end of an exhilarating first half.
An exhilarating first half saw the home side enter the break 3-1 up, after Harry Kane, Son Heung-min and Dele Alli sandwiched a Mohamed Salah goal.
True love is exhilarating, but requires the right expectations, according to world-renowned relationship therapist John Gottman, co-founder of The Gottman Institute.
Judging from these recordings, Buckley and his band navigated the change with confidence, never hesitating or stumbling—their fearlessness and superior musicianship make these excursions feel like exhilarating tightrope walks.
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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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