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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 annual Children's Festival is a magical world where kids can discover that learning is not only fun, but also exhilarating, awe-inspiring and eye-opening.
Now finished with My Struggle, the exhaustive, exhilarating, six-volume, 3,500-page tome covering his life to date, Knausgaard, 48, seems to have tired of writing about himself.
There are numerous unique, exhilarating runs to choose from, including the Flying Squirrel, featuring a 41-degree, 900-foot vertical run.
García’s latest work is less a novel than an exhilarating orchestration of competing voices and temporalities.
Coach Archie Miller’s program experienced another one this week, when an exhilarating overtime win against Notre Dame was backstopped by a stunning, 20-point home loss to Fort Wayne.
The acceleration is exhilarating, the handling is tight, and there’s lots of fun to be had.
Monaco reached the semifinals last season with some exhilarating attacking football, but has picked up only two points in four matches in this campaign and even reaching the Round of 16 is now a long shot.
Robert O’Connell thinks the exhilarating MLB play-in games break with the drowsiness of the regular season in the feverish lead-up to the World Series.
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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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