ex·​u·​ber·​ance | \ ig-ˈzü-b(ə-)rən(t)s How to pronounce exuberance (audio) \

Definition of exuberance

1 : the quality or state of being exuberant youthful exuberance
2 : an exuberant act or expression

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Examples of exuberance in a Sentence

the exuberance of the housing market was an encouraging economic indicator

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Gareth Southgate has filled the national team set up with a youthful exuberance seldom seen at senior level for many, many moons. SI.com, "Why Gareth Southgate's Three Lions Might Actually Bring Football 'Home' This Summer," 18 June 2018 Like Dorothy stepping into Technicolor Oz, design has veered back into exuberance and opulence over the last few years. Eliza Brooke, Vox, "How the Great Recession influenced a decade of design," 27 Dec. 2018 Timing market tops based on watching for investor exuberance worked, too. James Mackintosh, WSJ, "My Lessons From the Market’s Wild December," 27 Dec. 2018 But where some investors see dynamic exuberance, others see a market increasingly threatened by a confluence of forces including onerous domestic regulations and global trade tensions. Liza Lin, WSJ, "In China, a Dot-Com Déjà-Vu," 13 Oct. 2018 Her looks were radical acts—declarations of delight and exuberance. Karla Cornejo Villavicencio, Glamour, "I'm an Immigrant. When I Spend Money on Makeup, I'm Paying to Feel Safe.," 17 Dec. 2018 The teen enters the local pageant with exuberance and confidence, never questioning her value for a second. Claire Dodson, Teen Vogue, ""Dumplin'" Star Maddie Baillio on Shattering Stereotypes About Fat People and Playing Body-Positive Roles," 7 Dec. 2018 Their pleasure and exuberance are an end in themselves: Hanging out with them is to share in their joy. Eve Macsweeney, Vogue, "Skate Kitchen Is Chock-Full of Memorable Characters," 10 Aug. 2018 In another sign of exuberance, investors are overlooking lofty valuations and measly—or zero—profits to have a shot at outsized returns. Corrie Driebusch, WSJ, "Tech Startups Stoke Market For IPOs," 18 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of exuberance

1631, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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