Definition of exhilarate in English:



  • Make (someone) feel very happy, animated, or elated.

    ‘she was exhilarated by the day's events’
    ‘all this hustle and bustle makes me feel exhilarated’
    • ‘The top was down, and as he drove, a little too fast, I was exhilarated by the wind in my hair.’
    • ‘I was exhilarated by Joan of Arc's achievements and horrified by her demise.’
    • ‘He said after the event that he was exhilarated and surprised that he never encountered a pain barrier and managed a sprint finish.’
    • ‘For the first time, I felt exhilarated by the idea of attending the Cup.’
    • ‘Marjorie's book will exhilarate you, because it is such a thorough de-masking of the indefensible.’
    • ‘He was exhilarated by the workers' power that he found in Barcelona.’
    • ‘These dinners exhilarated us as we were free, real, and creative together.’
    • ‘Still, I was exhilarated by the energy and intelligence of Roth's counterrage.’
    • ‘I was exhilarated and my father, although breathing hard, looked as good as I had seen him in years.’
    • ‘Being robed for my doctorate alternately terrified and exhilarated me.’
    • ‘When Blair had finally begun to comprehend how to go around maneuvering a horse she was exhilarated.’
    • ‘I was exhilarated by my ability to maneuver the steep climb.’
    • ‘This new world, and the challenges and characters it holds, both terrifies and exhilarates Paul.’
    • ‘I was exhilarated to roll these subjects around in my mind like marbles in my hand, and play with their arrangement.’
    • ‘As she stood on the white coral sandy floor of the ocean, she was exhilarated.’
    • ‘Though he was aware that the experience might kill him, he was also exhilarated to embark on his great Alaskan odyssey.’
    • ‘On the contrary, it uplifts and even exhilarates the reader.’
    • ‘Where many would be exhausted, she's exhilarated, relishing the future and processing the past.’
    • ‘Mrs. Trebond looked weary, but Angel could tell that she was exhilarated by the tell-tale flush on her cheeks.’
    • ‘We are exhilarated by this growth, which reflects the vitality of orthopaedic sports medicine.’
    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
    give someone a kick, give someone a thrill, give someone a buzz, turn someone on
    give someone a charge
    thrilling, exciting, intoxicating, heady, stimulating, invigorating, electrifying, energizing, uplifting, enlivening, revitalizing, vitalizing, stirring, breathtaking
    refreshing, bracing
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Mid 16th century: from Latin exhilarat- made cheerful, from the verb exhilarare, from ex- (expressing inducement of a state) + hilaris cheerful.