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[ig-zil-uh-reyt] /ɪgˈzɪl əˌreɪt/
verb (used with object), exhilarated, exhilarating.
to enliven; invigorate; stimulate:
The cold weather exhilarated the walkers.
to make cheerful or merry.
Origin of exhilarate
1530-40; < Latin exhilarātus past participle of exhilarāre to gladden, equivalent to ex- ex-1 + hilarāre to cheer (see hilarity); see -ate1
Related forms
exhilaratingly, adverb
exhilarator, noun
unexhilarated, adjective
unexhilarating, adjective
1. animate, inspirit, elate. 2. cheer, gladden.
1, 2. depress. Unabridged
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  • But to rush through them as they were doing was exhilarating.

    The Land of Promise D. Torbett
  • That the experience is most exhilarating and exciting is certain.

    Peeps at Many Lands: Norway A.F. Mockler-Ferryman
  • And all the while the temperature continued to fall; and the atmosphere grew moist and cold and exhilarating in its freshness.

    Banked Fires E. W. (Ethel Winifred) Savi
  • It is really a pleasure to breathe the air: it is so pure, dry, and exhilarating.

    A Boy's Voyage Round the World The Son of Samuel Smiles
  • In the midst of these exhilarating cries, what I had calculated upon happened.

    Rattlin the Reefer Edward Howard
British Dictionary definitions for exhilarating


causing strong feelings of excitement and happiness: an exhilarating helicopter trip
Derived Forms
exhilaratingly, adverb


(transitive) to make lively and cheerful; gladden; elate
Derived Forms
exhilaration, noun
exhilarative, exhilaratory, adjective
Word Origin
C16: from Latin exhilarāre, from hilarāre to cheer; see hilarious
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Word Origin and History for exhilarating



1530s, from Latin exhilaratus "cheerful, merry," past participle of exhilarare "gladden, cheer," from ex- "thoroughly" (see ex-) + hilarare "make cheerful," from hilarus "cheerful" (see hilarity). Related: Exhilarated; exhilarating.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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