verb (used with object), ex·hil·a·rat·ed, ex·hil·a·rat·ing.
Origin of exhilarate
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.
You may imagine, then, it tended much more to depress than exhilarate my spirits.Italy; with sketches of Spain and Portugal|William Beckford
Something in his face seemed to exhilarate her, sending the blood like wine to her cheeks.Athalie|Robert W. Chambers
He readily assented to the plan, which, for some reason, appeared to amuse and exhilarate her.The Whirlpool|George Gissing
There only green leaves and beautiful flowers can gladden the sight and exhilarate the senses.The Funny Side of Physic|A. D. Crabtre
Opium is taken as a medicine, but more generally as a cordial to exhilarate the spirits.
Word Origin for exhilarate
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.