exult

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verb ex·ult \ig-ˈzəlt\

Definition of exult

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 obsolete :  to leap for joy

  3. 2 :  to be extremely joyful :  rejoice the team exulted in their victory

exultingly

play \ig-ˈzəl-tiŋ-lē\ adverb

Examples of exult in a Sentence

  1. That was the best meal I've ever had! he exulted.

  2. the winners of the Super Bowl spent the next week exulting in their victory

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Origin and Etymology of exult

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


EXULT Defined for English Language Learners

exult

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Definition of exult for English Language Learners

  • : to feel or show great happiness

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


EXULT Defined for Kids

exult

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verb ex·ult \ig-ˈzəlt\

Definition of exult for Students

exulted

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exulting

  1. :  to feel or show great happiness :  rejoice

History for exult

When we exult we feel like jumping for joy. At first the English word exult meant “to jump for joy.” Exult came from a Latin word exsultare that meant literally “to jump up.” This word was formed from the prefix ex-, meaning “out,” and the verb saltare, meaning “to jump.”



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