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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
Starting in early February, the Ramblers won 14 consecutive games, dancing their way through the NCAA postseason tournament with surprising poise and exhilarating last-second shots.
His tone hovers somewhere at the intersection of exhilarated, exhausted and horrified.
Well, Itzkoff has delivered a breathtakingly good biography, exhilarating a lot of the time, yet disturbing, too, and one of the best books ever written about anyone who sees no way out of life except by trying to make people laugh.
Sly Stone is one of rock 'n' roll’s towering figures, with a troubling personal story as compelling as his exhilarating music.
There have been furious rallies in Phoenix, exhilarating fourth-quarter comebacks in Los Angeles and a mountain of significant victories over some of the best teams in the NBA.
At a time when academia can resemble an archipelago, the disciplines more specialized than finch beaks in the Galápagos, Robinson’s audaciously heterodox thinking can exhilarate.
USA TODAY Sports' Martin Rogers says that the things that terrify most people exhilarate Winter Olympians.
For Shiffrin, the plunge into the sometimes dangerous events like downhill has been exhilarating, if a little scary.
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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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