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 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 And anyone with a sense of humor will exult in the poetically minded butler. Celia Wren, Washington Post, "Bravo for reviving the play that scandalized Jane Austen’s world," 11 Nov. 2019 Kent doesn’t exult in the wide majesty of the forests, but rather conveys the ominous trees surrounding Clare and Billy on all sides. David Sims, The Atlantic, "Jennifer Kent’s The Nightingale Delves Into a Harrowing Past," 4 Aug. 2019 After the race Baffert – the legendary trainer – exulted in victory, CBS Los Angeles reports. CBS News, "Justify failed drug test before winning horse racing's Triple Crown, New York Times says," 12 Sep. 2019 Edwards had raised Chris and Erin, loved them, encouraged them, worried about them, and exulted in their triumphs, large and small, like any good mother would. Zoe Greenberg, BostonGlobe.com, "‘We don’t know the answer’: A community is stunned after BU student is killed," 31 Aug. 2019 At one end is a fresh young rocker from Mississippi, wearing a cloth coat, fronting a three-piece band, belting this amazing music, exulting aloud in the middle of recording sessions. San Diego Union-Tribune, "From the Archives: All Shook Up," 16 Aug. 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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5 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Exult.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/exulting. Accessed 8 December 2019.

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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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