verb (used with object), ex·hil·a·rat·ed, ex·hil·a·rat·ing.
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Origin of exhilarate
SYNONYMS FOR exhilarate
OTHER WORDS FROM exhilarateex·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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What does exhilarating mean?
Exhilarating means causing strong feelings of excitement and joy; thrilling and life-affirming.
Exhilarating is commonly applied to the kind of experiences that fill you with joy, wake up your senses, or make you feel alive, like riding a rollercoaster, seeing the view from the top of a mountain, or diving into cold water. Someone who experiences something exhilarating can be described as exhilarated.
Exhilarating is the adjective form of the verb exhilarate, which most commonly means to enliven, invigorate, or stimulate. Exhilarating is most often used as an adjective, but it can also be used as the continuous tense (-ing form) of the verb, as in These attractions will be exhilarating our guests from the moment they step inside the park.
Example: The brisk wind blowing sparkling ice crystals through the air really made my morning walk exhilarating.
Where does exhilarating come from?
The first records of the word exhilarating as an adjective come from the 1600s. The verb exhilarate is recorded earlier, in the 1500s, and comes from the Latin exhilarāre, meaning “to gladden” (a less common meaning of the verb exhilarate is “to gladden” or “to make lively and cheerful”). Exhilarāre comes from hilarāre, meaning “to cheer,” and the word hilarious is based on the same root.
Exhilarating is always used positively—exhilarating things make you feel good. But not just good—the word is usually applied to intense feelings, ones that feel like a combination of pure joy and excitement. Such feelings usually come from intense experiences or activities, the kinds of ones that send a flash of adrenaline through your body or make you feel alive in some way. To be described as exhilarating, the experience has to be both intense and positive. Skiing down a mountain and feeling the bite of cold air might be exhilarating for some but downright terrifying for others.
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Exhilarating is always used positively, especially to describe very intense feelings or experiences.
— GamesBeat (@GamesBeat) March 10, 2020
ahh that exhilarating feeling of reaching the summit and seeing this view ⛰😌
never thought i’d say this but hiking is actually fun (including the body pain days after haha) pic.twitter.com/0gPoEOQHmy
— jas p’her (@Jasfher) January 29, 2020
Still can’t believe I did this. What an exhilarating experience. Having the best time in New Zealand! pic.twitter.com/O7XUynsusb
— Brad Faxon (@BradFaxon) March 5, 2020
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Is the word exhilarating used correctly in the following sentence?
Swimming with dolphins was so exhilarating—it feels like every cell in my body is pulsing with life.
Example sentences from the Web for exhilarating
What was something that funny and exhilarating that I have experienced?'The Giver' Star Brenton Thwaites Knows You Think He's Too Old to Play Jonas|Kevin Fallon|August 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Watching the American support in the stands has been almost as exhilarating as watching the play.Portland Is Ground Zero for the Best Women’s Soccer in the World|Evelyn Shoop|June 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Still, when it comes to neutrinos, the stakes are exhilarating: Why does the sun shine?
Unlike the Transformers films, the battle scenes are exhilarating and satisfyingly rendered.Guillermo del Toro’s ‘Pacific Rim’ Is a Total Blast|Marlow Stern|July 9, 2013|DAILY BEAST
His ability to craft an exhilarating rave of a film was equally matched by his stinging zingers.
Their unexpected meeting in Paris, was as exhilarating pleasure to both, and for the next week or so they were inseparable.Graustark|George Barr McCutcheon
Sure of his power, and using all the art of the Mabile, he gave himself up to two hours of most exhilarating pastime.
I can understand a sponge bath being a novelty the first time and exhilarating the second and third.Certain Personal Matters|H. G. Wells
They had been days of fine weather, brilliantly clear autumn days of blue sky and exhilarating air.The Nebuly Coat|John Meade Falkner
A hundred afternoons on Atuona Bay I spent in this exhilarating pastime.White Shadows in the South Seas|Frederick O'Brien