[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. exhibitive,
  2. exhibitively,
  3. exhibitor,
  4. exhibitory,
  5. exhilarant,
  6. exhilarated,
  7. exhilarating,
  8. exhilaration,
  9. exhilarative,
  10. exhort

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 formsex·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


/ (ɪɡˈzɪləˌreɪt) /


(tr) to make lively and cheerful; gladden; elate
Derived Formsexhilaration, nounexhilarative or exhilaratory, adjective

Word Origin for exhilarate

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

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Word Origin and History 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.

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