Definition of exhilarate in US English:

exhilarate

verb

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

    ‘the children were exhilarated by a sense of purpose’
    • ‘He was exhilarated by the workers' power that he found in Barcelona.’
    • ‘As she stood on the white coral sandy floor of the ocean, she was exhilarated.’
    • ‘These dinners exhilarated us as we were free, real, and creative together.’
    • ‘I was exhilarated by Joan of Arc's achievements and horrified by her demise.’
    • ‘I was exhilarated to roll these subjects around in my mind like marbles in my hand, and play with their arrangement.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Still, I was exhilarated by the energy and intelligence of Roth's counterrage.’
    • ‘For the first time, I felt exhilarated by the idea of attending the Cup.’
    • ‘This new world, and the challenges and characters it holds, both terrifies and exhilarates Paul.’
    • ‘When Blair had finally begun to comprehend how to go around maneuvering a horse she was exhilarated.’
    • ‘Being robed for my doctorate alternately terrified and exhilarated me.’
    • ‘On the contrary, it uplifts and even exhilarates the reader.’
    • ‘I was exhilarated by my ability to maneuver the steep climb.’
    • ‘I was exhilarated and my father, although breathing hard, looked as good as I had seen him in years.’
    • ‘We are exhilarated by this growth, which reflects the vitality of orthopaedic sports medicine.’
    • ‘Marjorie's book will exhilarate you, because it is such a thorough de-masking of the indefensible.’
    • ‘He said after the event that he was exhilarated and surprised that he never encountered a pain barrier and managed a sprint finish.’
    • ‘The top was down, and as he drove, a little too fast, I was exhilarated by the wind in my hair.’
    • ‘Though he was aware that the experience might kill him, he was also exhilarated to embark on his great Alaskan odyssey.’
    thrill, excite, intoxicate
    thrilling, exciting, intoxicating, heady, stimulating, invigorating, electrifying, energizing, uplifting, enlivening, revitalizing, vitalizing, stirring, breathtaking
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Origin

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

Pronunciation

exhilarate

/iɡˈziləˌrāt//ɪɡˈzɪləˌreɪt/