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
Recent Examples on the Web Right tackle Jalen Mayfield exulted and the Michigan crowd roared, thrilled their team was ahead, 17-0, as halftime loomed. Rainer Sabin, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan football obliterates Notre Dame with a five-man sledgehammer," 27 Oct. 2019 Right tackle Jalen Mayfield exulted and the Michigan crowd roared, thrilled their team was now ahead, 17-0, as halftime loomed in the distance. Rainer Sabin, USA TODAY, "Michigan used five-man sledgehammer to take down No. 7 Notre Dame," 20 Sep. 2019 Fans also have avenues now to exult or vent publicly in ways that were scarcely imaginable when the first movie premiered in 1977, and Disney wants to keep them in a buying mood. Brian Lowry, CNN, "'The Rise of Skywalker' takes flight after the rise of the 'Star Wars' trolls," 13 Dec. 2019 Free of his boy band, Styles exults in sound, not image. Jon Pareles, New York Times, "Camila Cabello and Harry Styles, Teen-Pop Alumni, Think Bigger," 12 Dec. 2019 As the Norwell players exulted, the official who made the hotly contested call began walking off the field when a Vineyard player struck him in the back with a left jab. BostonGlobe.com, "shortage of school game officials," 9 Nov. 2019 Meanwhile, in between the rock science, Glassley exults in Greenland’s wildness, often wandering off on his own for quiet moments of contemplation. Nancy Lord, Anchorage Daily News, "Scientific method meets 'A Wilder Time,’ in tales drawn from Greenland’s ice sheet," 30 Nov. 2019 Poole animatedly exulted, and yapped, all the way back downcourt. Ron Kroichick, SFChronicle.com, "Warriors rookie Jordan Poole tries to tap into his lifelong swagger," 27 Nov. 2019 Riding was mostly a sport of well-off young men, and riders exulted at the dual feelings of speed and height. Clive Thompson, Smithsonian, "What the Fight Over Scooters Has in Common With the 19th-Century Battle Over Bicycles," 21 Nov. 2019

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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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The first known use of exult was in 1548

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17 Jan 2020

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“Exult.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/exult. Accessed 20 January 2020.

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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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not to be intimidated or subdued

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