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 exult (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 In different times, the result might have been cause to exult. Glenn Gamboa, ajc, "Foundations focus their attentions on saving democracy," 27 Jan. 2021 The spectacle is not unusual in Guanajuato, a battleground for rival gangs that exult in flaunting payback against rivals. Patrick J. Mcdonnell, Los Angeles Times, "This reporter went to cover a homicide in Mexico. Then he became a victim," 4 Dec. 2020 The dictator, rather than exulting in his triumph, withdraws into fearful seclusion. Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, "The Field Guide to Tyranny," 16 Dec. 2019 Prince exults in the cheers from the Coachella crowd in 2008. Los Angeles Times, "Newsletter: The ‘Wild West’ for antibody tests," 21 Apr. 2020 And when Mostert scored his fourth touchdown of the day, on a 22-yard run midway through the third quarter, the linemen again exulted. Ron Kroichick, SFChronicle.com, "49ers’ offensive line paves the way for Raheem Mostert in romp over Packers," 19 Jan. 2020 Since the 444-day hostage crisis that ended Jimmy Carter’s presidency, Iran has exulted in playing an outsize role in American domestic politics. Karim Sadjadpour, Time, "Why the U.S. Assassination of Soleimani is a Windfall for Iran's Mullahs," 9 Jan. 2020 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

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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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4 Feb 2021

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“Exult.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/exult. Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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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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