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

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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

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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 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

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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

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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 \
exulted; exulting

Kids Definition of exult

: to feel or show great happiness : rejoice

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