Definition of exhilarate in English:

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exhilarate

Pronunciation: /ɪɡˈzɪləreɪt/
/ɛɡˈzɪləreɪt/

verb

[with object]
Make (someone) feel very happy, animated, or elated: she was exhilarated by the day’s events (as adjective exhilarated) all this hustle and bustle makes me feel exhilarated
More example sentences
  • 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.
Synonyms
thrill, excite, intoxicate;
elate, make someone's spirits soar, make very happy, give someone great pleasure, delight, gladden, brighten, cheer up, enliven, animate, invigorate, energize, lift, stimulate, raise someone's spirits, revitalize, refresh
informal give someone a kick, give someone a thrill, give someone a buzz, turn someone on
North American informal give someone a charge
rare inspirit
thrilling, exciting, intoxicating, heady, stimulating, invigorating, electrifying, energizing, uplifting, enlivening, revitalizing, vitalizing, stirring, breathtaking;
refreshing, bracing
informal mind-blowing

Derivatives

exhilarative

Pronunciation: /-rətɪv/
adjective

exhilarant

adjective& noun

Origin

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

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

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Line breaks: ex|hil¦ar|ate

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