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exhilarate Line breaks: ex|hil¦ar|ate
Pronunciation: /ɪɡˈzɪləreɪt/

Definition of exhilarate in English:


[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.
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
informal mind-blowing


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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