ex·​ult | \ig-ˈzəlt \
exulted; exulting; exults

Definition of exult 

intransitive verb

1 obsolete : to leap for joy

2 : to be extremely joyful : rejoice the team exulted in their victory

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from exult

exultingly \ ig-​ˈzəl-​tiŋ-​lē \ adverb

Examples of exult in a Sentence

“That was the best meal I've ever had!” he exulted. the winners of the Super Bowl spent the next week exulting in their victory

Recent Examples on the Web

On social media, at least, Trump's loyal if rather narrow core group of supporters seemed to exult. Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post, "The bottomless vulgarity of Trump’s immigration politics," 16 Jan. 2018 Kumiko was a wonderful transmutation of movie myth, a tragic tale that had real pathos while still exulting in the surrealism of Kumiko’s quest. David Sims, The Atlantic, "Damsel Is a One-Note Satire of Classic Westerns," 23 June 2018 Vladimir Putin exulted in Zurich during a news conference organized hours after officials from FIFA, soccer’s international governing body, had announced his country had won the bid to host the World Cup in 2018. Eli Rosenberg, Washington Post, "Putin hoped his World Cup bid would improve relations with the West. They’ve suffered instead.," 14 June 2018 In part, of course, that was because of the timing: there was a victory party scheduled for Madrid the day after the team returned from Ukraine; there was another triumph to exult in. Rory Smith, New York Times, "Ronaldo Leaves Real Madrid to Join Juventus," 10 July 2018 Several frolicsome paintings, in a gallery papered with velvety purple wallpaper and devoted to amorous pursuits, exult in the erotic lives of gods and nobles. Cate Mcquaid, BostonGlobe.com, "MFA’s ‘Casanova’ a voluptuous look at a notorious voluptuary," 6 July 2018 Around me, a youthful microcosm goes bonkers, exulting in both 1960s Arabic pop and Paris Is Burning death drops. Billboard, "How a Gay American In Iraq Found Solace In a Lebanese Band and Their Music," 14 June 2018 And with improbably odd timing, seemingly oblivious to both, crowds gathered in liberal Tel Aviv to exult over the winner of a campy European pop contest. Washington Post, "Israel at 70: Contrasting images of victory and violence," 15 May 2018 Instead, Cruz is exulting in substance, going out of his way to praise D'Souza's rhetoric on the merits as worthy of special dispensation. Jay Willis, GQ, "Ted Cruz Somehow Finds Way to Use Dinesh D’Souza’s Pardon to Embarrass Himself," 31 May 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'exult.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of exult

1548, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for exult

Middle French exulter, from Latin exsultare, literally, to leap up, from ex- + saltare to leap — more at saltation

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about exult

Dictionary Entries near exult








Statistics for exult

Last Updated

26 Sep 2018

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for exult

The first known use of exult was in 1548

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for exult



English Language Learners Definition of exult

: to feel or show great happiness

: to say (something) in a very excited and happy way


ex·​ult | \ig-ˈzəlt \
exulted; exulting

Kids Definition of exult

: to feel or show great happiness : rejoice

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on exult

What made you want to look up exult? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


playful or foolish behavior

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Autumn Words of the Day 2018

  • a-top-down-image-of-road-through-an-autumn-forest
  • Which is a synonym of fugacious?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.


Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.


Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!