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exhilarate Syllabification: ex·hil·a·rate
Pronunciation: /iɡˈziləˌrāt/

Definition of exhilarate in English:


Make (someone) feel very happy, animated, or elated: the children were exhilarated by a sense of purpose (as adjective exhilarated) all this hustle and bustle makes me feel exhilarated
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  • Though he was aware that the experience might kill him, he was also exhilarated to embark on his great Alaskan odyssey.
  • I was exhilarated by my ability to maneuver the steep climb.
  • I was exhilarated to roll these subjects around in my mind like marbles in my hand, and play with their arrangement.
informal give someone a thrill, give someone a buzz, give someone a charge
thrilling, exciting, intoxicating, heady, stimulating, invigorating, electrifying, energizing, uplifting, enlivening, revitalizing, vitalizing, stirring, breathtaking;
informal mind-blowing, mind-expanding


Mid 16th century: from Latin exhilarat- 'made cheerful', from the verb exhilarare, from ex- (expressing inducement of a state) + hilaris 'cheerful'.

  • This is from Latin exhilarare ‘make cheerful’, based on hilaris ‘cheerful’ source of hilarity (Late Middle English).

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