ex·​ult | \ ig-ˈzəlt How to pronounce exult (audio) \
exulted; exulting; exults

Definition of exult

intransitive verb

1 : to be extremely joyful : rejoice the team exulted in their victory
2 obsolete : to leap for joy

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Other Words from exult

exultingly \ ig-​ˈzəl-​tiŋ-​lē How to pronounce exultingly (audio) \ 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

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Both exult in fame and wealth and put feelings before facts. Jon Pareles, New York Times, "Kanye West Writes a Song of Himself on ‘Ye’," 3 June 2018 The accompanying gore is similarly contained, at least in the beginning and midsection of the film: Where Argento’s Suspiria exults in blood early and exorbitantly, Guadagnino’s version is relatively bloodless until the very end. Aja Romano, Vox, "How Suspiria turns the color red into a plot point," 9 Nov. 2018 What could have been a colorful, imaginative rendering of a talented artist who exulted in being profoundly extra is instead weirdly hollow and plodding. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "Bohemian Rhapsody reduces Freddie Mercury’s vibrant life to a perfunctory slog," 2 Nov. 2018 No wonder liberals exulted so at Malaysia’s general election on May 9th, in which the party in power since independence in 1957, UMNO, was peacefully ousted. The Economist, "South-East Asia: lots of elections, not so much democracy," 24 May 2018 Visitors to the National Comedy Center can take part in games, such as ‘Laugh Battle.’ Above, a participant exults after scoring a point in a round. Don Steinberg, WSJ, "This Museum Takes Jokes Seriously," 21 July 2018 But yet, no one ever holds a political rally to exult the hard, honest work of more than a million American mechanical engineers. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "What happened to coal," 21 Aug. 2018 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

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First Known Use of exult

1548, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for exult

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

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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 How to pronounce exult (audio) \
exulted; exulting

Kids Definition of exult

: to feel or show great happiness : rejoice

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to move with exaggerated bouncy motions

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