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exhilarate

[ ig-zil-uh-reyt ]
/ 瑟g藞z瑟l 蓹藢re瑟t /
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verb (used with object), ex路hil路a路rat路ed, ex路hil路a路rat路ing.
to enliven; invigorate; stimulate: The cold weather exhilarated the walkers.
to make cheerful or merry.
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Origin of exhilarate

First recorded in 1530鈥40; from Latin exhilar膩tus, past participle of exhilar膩re 鈥渢o gladden,鈥 equivalent to ex- 鈥渇rom, out of, beyond鈥 + hilar膩re 鈥渢o cheer鈥 (see hilarity); see ex-1, -ate1

OTHER WORDS FROM exhilarate

ex路hil路a路rat路ing路ly, adverbex路hil路a路ra路tor, nounun路ex路hil路a路rat路ed, adjectiveun路ex路hil路a路rat路ing, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for exhilarate

exhilarate
/ (瑟伞藞z瑟l蓹藢re瑟t) /

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

Derived forms of exhilarate

exhilaration, nounexhilarative or exhilaratory, adjective

Word Origin for exhilarate

C16: from Latin exhilar膩re, from hilar膩re to cheer; see hilarious
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