- to enliven; invigorate; stimulate: The cold weather exhilarated the walkers.
- to make cheerful or merry.
Origin of exhilarate
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1. animate, inspirit, elate. 2. cheer, gladden.
1, 2. depress.
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Examples from the Web for exhilarate
You can open this volume to any page and find sentences that surprise, cause laughter, exhilarate, and often do all three at once.What Made Twain Famous
April 20, 2010
Opium is taken as a medicine, but more generally as a cordial to exhilarate the spirits.
That things always went as badly as she had foreseen did not exhilarate her in the least.The Big Bow Mystery
He readily assented to the plan, which, for some reason, appeared to amuse and exhilarate her.The Whirlpool
Though he had just heard so much to exhilarate him, he was not, on the whole, free from melancholy.Hildebrand
What you ‘feel’ must be our atmosphere–its rarity, its power to exhilarate.Bred of the Desert
- (tr) to make lively and cheerful; gladden; elate
C16: from Latin exhilarāre, from hilarāre to cheer; see hilarious
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Word Origin and History for exhilarate
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