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 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 And this slope slips down to that ever-louder demographic that exults in making America great again, among whom the brutal images do more direct work. Teju Cole, New York Times, "A Crime Scene at the Border," 10 July 2019 And here are 10 more terrific opportunities to exult in expert musicianship. Rob Hubbard, Twin Cities, "Fall Arts Guide: Classical music lineup has intimate and expansive, retro and fresh offerings," 8 Sep. 2019 But watching Arthur exult as the crime wave crescendos is a chilling spectacle illustrating what all the ridicule, abuse and marginalization he's been subjected to have wrought. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Joker': Film Review | Venice 2019," 31 Aug. 2019 Update: Iranian force exults in downing of U.S. drone with a feast and a prayer] Now, with the immediate crisis over the drone abating, Mr. Trump has taken several steps to confront the nuclear issue. David E. Sanger, New York Times, "Facing Intensifying Confrontation With Iran, Trump Has Few Appealing Options," 22 June 2019 Democrats exulted at the infighting and distractions among Republicans, who enjoy an 83-67 majority in the House. James Barragán, Dallas News, "Rep. Dustin Burrows, embarrassed in ‘target list’ incident, resigns as Texas House GOP caucus chief," 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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24 Oct 2019

Cite this Entry

“Exult.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/exults. Accessed 22 November 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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