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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
Otellini led chip giant through challenging—and exhilarating—times.
But over time everyone will realize that Dominic Thiem is, in his quiet way, exhilarating to witness.
Taylor added that the back-and-forth five-set clashes are exhilarating and nerve-wracking.
Our annual Greats issue is by far our most consuming and complicated endeavor of the year, a project by turns exhilarating and panic-inducing.
There’s an unrelenting charisma about Kenny, a man who smiles and laughs and shares stories in exhilarating crescendo.
However, Lewandowski was in exhilarating form and completed his hat-trick with two quickfire goals in five minutes just after half-time to leave Jose Mourinho's side stunned and their hopes of another Champions League final in the balance.
After working on the mission from the very beginning, Doody says, the conclusion feels both exhilarating and final.
Seeing the female experience reflected back this way can be embarrassing, and exhilarating.
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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).
Synonymscharge, electrify, excite, thrill, galvanize, intoxicate, pump up, titillate, turn on
Related Wordsarouse, incite, inspire, provoke, stimulate; bewitch, captivate, charm, delight, enchant, enthrall (or enthral), hypnotize, mesmerize, rivet, spellbind; interest, intrigue, tantalize
Near Antonymsbore, jade, pall, tire, weary; deject, demoralize, discourage, dishearten, dispirit
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