[ ig-zil-uh-reyt ]
/ ɪgˈzɪl əˌreɪt /

verb (used with object), ex·hil·a·rat·ed, ex·hil·a·rat·ing.

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

ex·hil·a·rat·ing·ly, adverbex·hil·a·ra·tor, nounun·ex·hil·a·rat·ed, adjectiveun·ex·hil·a·rat·ing, adjective
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/ (ɪɡˈzɪləˌreɪt) /


(tr) to make lively and cheerful; gladden; elate

Derived Forms

exhilaration, nounexhilarative or exhilaratory, adjective

Word Origin for exhilarate

C16: from Latin exhilarāre, from hilarāre to cheer; see hilarious
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