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exhilarate

[ ig-zil-uh-reyt ]
/ ɪgˈzɪl əˌreɪt /
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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.

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Origin of exhilarate

First recorded in 1530–40; from Latin exhilarātus, past participle of exhilarāre “to gladden,” equivalent to ex- “from, out of, beyond” + hilarāre “to cheer” (see hilarity); see ex-1, -ate1

OTHER WORDS FROM exhilarate

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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British Dictionary definitions for exhilarate

exhilarate
/ (ɪɡˈzɪləˌreɪt) /

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 exhilarāre, from hilarāre to cheer; see hilarious
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