Definition of exult in US English:



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  • Show or feel elation or jubilation, especially as the result of a success.

    ‘exulting in her escape, Annie closed the door behind her’
    • ‘Jackson felt it in the steady beat of Lee's heart, a triumphant, reassuring sound the younger general silently exulted in.’
    • ‘He alternately endured and exulted in self-imposed exile - France, California, Switzerland, Sydney.’
    • ‘Clergymen rejoiced, exulted and stupidly expected that it would last.’
    • ‘Afterward, demonstrators exulted, equating their seduction of the cameras with victory.’
    • ‘You were exulting in your position as a leader in the front of the pack.’
    • ‘In a film that harps upon the convoluted manipulations of Ali by others, undermining his immense desire to be the greatest - you end up feeling sorry for the great man, rather than exulting in his exploits in the ring.’
    • ‘Its policies, the evangelical group Focus on the Family exults, have hit publishers ‘like a brick in the head’.’
    • ‘It was, almost, as if he was exulting in our miseries.’
    • ‘I'm going to be dancing all across the channel on the ferry, exulting in all my fresh true colours and being as cheerful as possible.’
    • ‘‘I've had it all,’ she exulted after her first book became a bestseller.’
    • ‘She has examined hundreds of war pictures in family photo albums where soldiers exulted in the ‘deadness’ of the enemy.’
    • ‘They root for the hero, exult at his successes, are anxious for his triumph, and suffer at his reversals.’
    • ‘‘I think it's wonderful that he's going to be removed,’ he exulted over the phone from Oakland last week.’
    • ‘‘How fresh this stale world seems,’ O'Driscoll exults.’
    • ‘I shall ascend my funeral pile triumphantly, and exult in the agony of the torturing flames.’
    • ‘Is he trustworthy enough so that you don't have to feel fearful about exulting over it in front of your conservative friends who seem mightily disdainful?’
    • ‘Alberta teachers weren't the only ones exulting in their court victory last week.’
    • ‘It succeeds admirably, while exulting in a twisted demonic aesthetic.’
    • ‘We see Liuzza running out into the street, exulting.’
    rejoice, be joyful, be happy, be pleased, be glad, be delighted, be elated, be ecstatic, be euphoric, be overjoyed, be as pleased as punch, be cock-a-hoop, be jubilant, be rapturous, be in raptures, be transported, be beside oneself with joy, be delirious, be thrilled, jump for joy, be on cloud nine, be treading on air, be walking on air, be in seventh heaven, glory, triumph, be triumphant
    rejoice at, rejoice in, take delight in, find pleasure in, take pleasure in, find satisfaction in, take satisfaction in, feel satisfaction at, find joy in, enjoy, appreciate, revel in, glory in, bask in, delight in, relish, savour, luxuriate in, wallow in
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Late 16th century: from Latin exsultare, frequentative of exsilire ‘leap up’, from ex- ‘out, upward’ + salire ‘to leap’.