exult

verb ex·ult \ ig-ˈzəlt \
Updated on: 8 Dec 2017

Definition of exult

intransitive verb
1 obsolete : to leap for joy
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 Synonyms

Synonyms
crow, delight, exuberate, glory, jubilate, joy, kvell, rejoice, triumph, kick up one's heels
Related Words
gloat, preen, swell; boast, brag; flaunt, parade, show off, strut, swagger
Near Antonyms
bemoan, bewail, grieve, lament, regret, weep

EXULT Defined for English Language Learners

exult

verb

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

verb ex·ult \ ig-ˈzəlt \

Definition of exult for Students

exulted; exulting
: 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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