ju·​bi·​late | \ ˈjü-bə-ˌlāt How to pronounce jubilate (audio) \
jubilated; jubilating

Definition of jubilate

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

: rejoice too dispassionate to jubilate— Cynthia Ozick


Ju·​bi·​la·​te | \ ˌyü-bə-ˈlä-ˌtā How to pronounce Jubilate (audio) , ˌjü- \

Definition of Jubilate (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : the 100th Psalm in the King James Version
b not capitalized : a joyous song or outburst
2 : the third Sunday after Easter

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The Joyful Evolution of Jubilate

When things are going your way, you may want to shout for joy. Jubilate testifies to the fact that people have had the urge to give (loud) voice to their happiness for centuries. Although jubilate first appeared in print around the middle of the 17th century, its connection to vocal joy goes back much farther; it is derived from the Latin verb jubilare, which means "to shout for joy." Jubilare has also played a role in the development of a few other closely related joyful English words, including jubilant (the earliest meaning was "making a joyful noise," though it is now most often used to mean simply "exultant") and jubilation ("an act of rejoicing").

Examples of jubilate in a Sentence

Verb a medical researcher too committed to his work to pause and jubilate even upon hearing that he had won the Nobel Prize

First Known Use of jubilate


circa 1641, in the meaning defined above


1549, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for jubilate


Latin jubilatus, past participle of jubilare; akin to Middle High German (exclamation of joy), Greek iygē shout


Latin, 2nd person plural imperative of jubilare

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“Jubilate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/jubilate. Accessed 9 May. 2021.

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