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 And, if the ninety-fourth Academy Awards will no longer exult in the period luxury of Union Station, perhaps another grand arena can be found. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, "The Highs and Lows of the Pandemic Oscars," 26 Apr. 2021 But the new display feels liberating, giving permission to exult in simple aesthetic experience. BostonGlobe.com, "At the MFA, new galleries bring visitors eye to eye with ancient Egypt," 24 Mar. 2021 Just as American adults exult in their individuality, so too are children encouraged to think of themselves as imbued with their own personality. Tunku Varadarajan, WSJ, "‘A Beginner’s Guide to America’ Review: Welcome to a New World," 26 Feb. 2021 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

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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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“Exult.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/exult. Accessed 8 May. 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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