Definition of exhilarate in English:

exhilarate

verb

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

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

/ɪɡˈzɪləˌreɪt//iɡˈziləˌrāt/